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Total Transformation

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Monday, 28 May 2018 11:29

Ja’far As-Saa-igh (rahimahullah) narrates the following:

Among the neighbours of Imaam Ahmad bin Hambal (rahimahullah) was a man who was involved in many sins, evils and shameless deeds. One day, this man came to the gathering of Imaam Ahmad bin Hambal (rahimahullah) and greeted him with salaam. However, although Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) replied to his salaam, he did not show him attention and receive him with warmth. Rather, he seemed uncomfortable in the presence of this man (as this man was well known to have evil ways and sinful habits).

The man immediately perceived the discomfort of Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) and thus said, “O Abu ‘Abdillah (rahimahullah)! Why are you uncomfortable in my presence? On account of a dream that I saw, I have completely changed and I am no longer the person that you knew me to be.” Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) asked, “What dream did you see?”

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Honouring the Knowledge of Deen

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Monday, 30 April 2018 06:29

Haaroon Rasheed was an ‘Abbaasi Khaleefah who ruled over the Muslim empire from 170 A.H. until his demise in 193 A.H. at the age of forty-five.

On one occasion, when Haaroon Rasheed came to Madeenah Munawwarah, he sent a messenger to Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) with the following message: “Come to me and bring the hadeeth kitaab (Al-Muwatta) which you have compiled so that I may hear the ahaadeeth from you.”

On receiving this message, Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) was upset and disappointed. He said to the messenger, “Convey my salaam to him, and tell him that people should travel to the knowledge of Deen, the knowledge of Deen should not travel to people. People should come to obtain the knowledge of Deen, it should not have to come to them.”

When the reply of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) reached Haaroon Rasheed, he became angry. His messenger fuelled his anger further saying, “It will reach the people of Iraq that you summoned Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah), yet he defied you! Force him to come to you!”

In the interim, many students of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) suggested to him that he go to Haaroon Rasheed and explain to him the correct manner of acquiring the knowledge of Deen. Hence, Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) came to Haaroon Rasheed and entered with salaam. However, he did not bring his kitaab of hadeeth with him. When Haaroon Rasheed asked him why he had come without the kitaab, Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) replied:

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“Be True to Allah, He will be True to You”

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Monday, 16 April 2018 15:43

On one occasion a Bedouin came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and accepted Islam. He then expressed his desire to remain with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), due to which Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) instructed some of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) to look after him and make arrangements for him.

After some time had passed, the Muslims fought a battle against the disbelievers and were victorious, gaining booty in the process. When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) distributed the booty among the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), he also set aside a share for this Bedouin Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). However, on account of this Bedouin Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) attending to the animals of the other Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), he was away at the time of the distribution. Hence, the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) gave him his allotted share on his return.

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Overcome by Concern

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Monday, 02 April 2018 15:30

Muhammad bin ‘Ali bin ‘Abdillah Haddaad narrates the following incident from a person whom he knew:

I was once present in the Jaami’ Musjid, in the city of Mansoor, on the Day of Jumu‘ah. While in the musjid, I noticed a man in the saff (row) in front of me who had an outward appearance of dignity and humility. He was so engrossed in performing nafl salaah that he remained engaged in salaah from the moment he entered the musjid until the time drew near for the Jumu‘ah salaah to be performed, and only at that time did he end his salaah and remain seated. Seeing the apparent piety of this man, I became overawed by him and my heart was filled with love for him.

However, as the salaah commenced, I noticed that he did not join the jamaat and perform salaah with the people! This surprised me, worried me and even angered me, as he was neglecting the fardh by not performing the Jumu‘ah Salaah.

As soon as the salaah terminated, I went up to him and said, “O my brother, I have never before seen someone behave as strangely as you! You performed lengthy rakaats of nafl salaah in a beautiful manner, yet failed to perform the fardh salaah and abandoned it!”

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The Ultimate ‘Contact’

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Monday, 19 March 2018 15:36

Saalim bin ‘Abdillah (rahimahullah) was the son of the illustrious Sahaabi, ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma). He was born during the khilaafah of ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and was a great Muhaddith and Mufti of Madeenah Munawwarah.

On one occasion, the ruler, Hishaam bin ‘Abdil Malik, entered the Ka’bah and met Saalim bin ‘Abdillah (rahimahullah). Seeing this eminent personality, he immediately said, “Do you have any need that you wish to ask of me?” Saalim (rahimahullah) replied, “I am embarrassed to stand in the house of Allah Ta‘ala and place my needs before someone besides Him.”

Thereafter, when they had exited the Ka’bah, Hishaam said to Saalim (rahimahullah), “You may now place your needs before me (as we are no longer in the house of Allah Ta‘ala).” In reply, Saalim (rahimahullah) asked, “Which needs should I place before you? My needs of this world or my needs of the Hereafter?” Hishaam replied, “Your needs of this world.”

Saalim (rahimahullah) responded, “By Allah! I have not placed my needs of this world before the One who owns this world, so how can I place my needs of this world before one who does not own this world?” (Siyaru Aa’laamin Nubalaa vol. 4 pg. 466)

NB: Perhaps it was due to Saalim (rahimahullah) being overcome by his aversion to the world and wealth that he did not present his needs of this world to Allah Ta‘ala.  

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