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Better than I’tikaaf

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Monday, 10 May 2021 10:00

On one occasion, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) was in i’tikaaf in Masjidun Nabawi when a person came to him and sat down after greeting him with salaam. When Sayyiduna Ibnu ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) looked at the person, he observed that he was worried and anxious. He thus asked him, “O so-and-so! I see that you are overcome by grief and worry! (What is the matter?)”

The man replied, “Yes, O cousin of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! I owe so-and-so an outstanding debt, and I am unable to settle it (and that is the reason for my worry and anxiety)!” Sayyiduna Ibnu ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) offered, “Shall I speak to him on your behalf (requesting him to grant you some form of respite)?” The man replied, “(Yes,) if you wish.” Sayyiduna Ibnu ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) thus stood and left the masjid.

As he left the masjid, the man reminded him, “Have you forgotten that you are in i’tikaaf? (i.e. by leaving the masjid, your i’tikaaf has broken.)” Sayyiduna Ibnu ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) replied, “No, (I have not forgotten).”  

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) then looked towards the blessed grave of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), and with eyes filled with tears (out of the pain of being separated from his beloved [sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam]), he said, “(The reason why I have broken my i’tikaaf is that) I heard the blessed person in this grave (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mention, ‘The one who goes out to attend to the need of his Muslim brother, and he succeeds in fulfilling the need, then this is better (and more rewarding) for him than remaining in i’tikaaf for ten years, and (the reward of) the one who sits in i’tikaaf for a single day, seeking the pleasure of Allah Ta‘ala, is that Allah Ta‘ala will place three trenches between him and Jahannam – each trench as vast as the distance between the east and the west.’”

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Mountains of Courage

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Monday, 26 April 2021 10:58

Sayyiduna ‘Abdur Rahmaan bin ‘Auf (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports the following:

On the Day of Badr, I was standing in the fighting line when I noticed two young boys of the Ansaar standing on either side of me. Seeing that I had young boys on either side, I felt that it would have been better if l had instead been between strong men (who could assist me in need).

Suddenly, one of the boys touched me (to draw my attention), and while hiding from his companion, he asked, “Uncle, do you know Abu Jahal?” I replied, “Yes, (but) what need do you have with him, O my nephew?” He said, “I have been informed that he reviles and speaks ill of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). I take an oath on that Being in Whose control lies my life, if I see him, I will not leave him until one of us is killed.” (Hearing his brave words,) I was left in amazement. A few moments later, the other boy touched me and expressed the same sentiments to me.

These young boys were Sayyiduna Mu‘aaz bin ‘Amr bin Jamooh and Sayyiduna Mu‘aaz bin ‘Afraa (radhiyallahu ‘anhum).

Abu Jahal was moving about the battlefield, mounted on his horse and arranging the lines of the disbelievers’ army, when he was spotted by Sayyiduna ‘Abdur Rahmaan bin ‘Auf (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). He thus said to the boys, “There is the man you asked me about.”

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Sponsoring Works of Righteousness

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Monday, 12 April 2021 09:26

(Sayyiduna Hakeem bin Hizaam [radhiyallahu ‘anhu] – Part Two)

Abu Haazim (rahimahullah) mentions, “We did not hear of any person in the blessed city of Madeenah Munawwarah who would sponsor more animals to serve as conveyances in the path of Allah Ta‘ala than Sayyiduna Hakeem bin Hizaam (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).”

Abu Haazim (rahimahullah) then narrated the following incident:

On one occasion, two Bedouins came to Madeenah Munawwarah, seeking a person who would provide them with conveyances to go out in the path of Allah Ta‘ala. On enquiry, they were directed to Sayyiduna Hakeem bin Hizaam (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

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The Spirit of Generosity

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Monday, 29 March 2021 15:08

(Sayyiduna Hakeem bin Hizaam [radhiyallahu ‘anhu] – Part One)

Sayyiduna Hakeem bin Hizaam (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) is a Sahaabi of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) who was blessed with an extraordinarily long life – he passed away at the age of one hundred and twenty! Another unique aspect of his life is that he was born inside the Ka’bah Shareef!

He was among the leaders of the Quraish and was regarded to be wise and intelligent. When the leaders of the Quraish would enter Daarun Nadwah (the place of council) in order to hold meetings and discuss the affairs of Makkah Mukarramah and its people, then only those people who were forty years of age or older were allowed to participate in the discussion and give their suggestions. However, Sayyiduna Hakeem (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was an exception to this rule. On account of his wisdom and intelligence, he was admitted into Daarun Nadwah at the age of fifteen.

Sayyiduna Hakeem (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was the nephew of Sayyidah Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha). He was also a friend to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) even before nubuwwah (prophethood), though he only accepted Islam much later on, on the occasion of the Conquest of Makkah Mukarramah.

Among his many good qualities, one quality that stood out was his generosity and willingness to spend his wealth on others – especially his family and relatives. He was a merchant who would conduct business in Yemen and Shaam. On these business ventures, he would accrue substantial profits and spend them on the poor ones from his people.

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The Happiness of the Mother’s Heart

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Monday, 15 March 2021 08:32

During the era of the khilaafah of Sayyiduna ‘Uthmaan bin ‘Affaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the value of a single date palm had reached one thousand dirhams (silver coins).

Despite the value of the date palm, Sayyiduna Usaamah bin Zaid (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) went to one of his date palms, pierced the trunk and hollowed it out by extracting from it the ‘heart of palm’ (a vegetable harvested from the inner core and growing bud of certain palm trees. In this case, extracting the heart of palm caused the entire tree to be destroyed.). Sayyiduna Usaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) then gave the heart of palm to his mother to relish and enjoy.

Observing that Sayyiduna Usaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had destroyed the tree, the people asked him, “What caused you to do this when you are aware that the value of a date palm has reached one thousand dirhams?” Sayyiduna Usaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “(The reason is that) my mother asked me for this, and my mother will not ask me for anything, which I am able to acquire, except that I will (obtain it and) give it to her.”

(Al-Mu’jamul Kabeer - Tabraani #370)

Lesson:

Islam teaches us that after Allah Ta‘ala and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), it is our parents who have the greatest rights over us. Hence, a Muslim will do his utmost to bring happiness to the hearts of his parents and see to their comfort and wellbeing. Thus, in the incident above, Sayyiduna Usaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was even prepared to sacrifice his valuable date tree in order to fulfil the wish of his mother and bring happiness to her heart. On the contrary, in today’s times, parents have been ignored and neglected, or even dumped and abandoned in old age homes, so that they will not become a ‘hindrance’ and obstacle to our comfort and lifestyle. 

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