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Prepared to Die at His Door

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Monday, 03 February 2020 16:44

Maalik bin Dinaar (rahimahullah) narrates the following incident:

On one occasion, I was performing tawaaf around the blessed Ka’bah. During the tawaaf, I was surprised with the large multitudes of people who had arrived to perform Hajj and ‘Umrah. However, (as I observed these people,) I began to think, “If only I had knowledge of which person is accepted by Allah Ta‘ala, so that I may congratulate him, and which person is rejected by Allah Ta‘ala, so that I may sympathize with him!”

That night, when I went to sleep, I had a dream in which someone said to me, “O Maalik bin Dinaar! You are pondering over those performing Hajj and ‘Umrah! I take an oath, by Allah, that Allah Ta‘ala has forgiven all the people, whether young or old, male or female, black or white, Arab or non-Arab – with the exception of one man. Allah Ta‘ala is greatly displeased with him and has rejected his hajj, striking his face with it.” After hearing this, Allah Ta‘ala alone knows how I managed to sleep for the remainder of the night, as I feared that I should not be that rejected person.

The following night, when I went to sleep, I had the exact same dream, except that this time, I was told, “You are not that person (who is rejected by Allah Ta‘ala). Rather, he is a man from the region of Khuraasaan, from a city named Balkh. His name is Muhammad bin Haaroon. Allah Ta‘ala is greatly displeased with him. Allah Ta‘ala has rejected his hajj and has struck his face with it.”  

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Entrusting His Children to Allah

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Monday, 20 January 2020 16:25

‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) was the khaleefah of the Muslims for just two years before passing away in the year 101 A.H. at the age of thirty-nine. Before his appointment as the khaleefah, he was ‘drowning’ in wealth, leading a life of opulence, luxury and extravagance.

After becoming the khaleefah, his life underwent a complete transformation as he adopted the sunnah of simplicity and completely ‘divorced’ material pleasures (read more on this here). Furthermore, besides the basic allowance from the Baytul Maal (public treasury) which all Muslims were entitled to receive, he did not allow his wife and children to take any additional wealth from the Baytul Maal as this would amount to abuse of public wealth.

When ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) was on his death bed, his brother-in-law, Maslamah bin ‘Abdil Malik, came to see him. Maslamah addressed him and said, “O Ameerul Mu-mineen! You have deprived your children of this wealth. Why don’t you make a bequest, entrusting them to me and others like me, from your relatives, so that we may look after them and see to their needs (after your demise)?”

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Upholding the Respect of His Elder

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Monday, 06 January 2020 09:03

On one occasion, an argument transpired between Sayyiduna Rabee‘ah Aslami (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). During the course of the argument, Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) happened to utter something, against Sayyiduna Rabee‘ah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), which he regretted immediately thereafter.

Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) instantly said to him, “O Rabee‘ah! Say those words back to me in retaliation!” However, Sayyiduna Rabee‘ah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) refused to do so. Hearing his refusal, Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said, “You must say those words to me, or else I will refer the matter to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)!” Even then, Sayyiduna Rabee‘ah refused to repeat the words and retaliate against Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) then departed, proceeding to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), with Sayyiduna Rabee‘ah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) following behind.

In the interim, some members of the Aslam clan (the family of Sayyiduna Rabee‘ah [radhiyallahu ‘anhu]), having observed what had transpired, came to him and said, “May Allah Ta‘ala have mercy on Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)! Why is he complaining to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) about you, whereas he is the one who uttered the statement against you?”

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Assisted by an Angel

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Monday, 23 December 2019 15:50

Sayyiduna Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates the following incident:

Among the Sahaabah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was a man of the Ansaar known as Sayyiduna Abu Mi’laq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). He was a businessman who would do business in various lands and regions using his own wealth and wealth which was invested by others. Together with being a competent businessman, Abu Sayyiduna Mi’laq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) would engage in (excessive) ‘ibaadah and was also very pious.

One day, while Sayyiduna Abu Mi’laq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was travelling to some place, he was accosted by a thief. The thief, who was clad from head to toe in armour, said to him, “Give up all your wealth, for I am going to kill you!” Sayyiduna Abu Mi’laq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) responded, “Why do you want to kill me? Just take the money!” The thief replied, “As far as the money is concerned then it is certainly mine. However, I am determined to kill you!”

Sayyiduna Abu Mi’laq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said, “If you insist on killing me, then allow me to first perform four rakaats of salaah.” The thief obliged and said, “Perform salaah as you wish.”

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Inside Information

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Monday, 09 December 2019 08:09

‘Abdur Rahmaan bin Ziyaad bin An‘um (rahimahullah) reports:

Once, while Nabi Moosa (‘alaihis salaam) was seated with some of his followers, Iblees arrived, clad in a cloth which continued to change colour. As he drew near, he removed the cloth, and thereafter approached Nabi Moosa (‘alaihis salaam).

On meeting Nabi Moosa (‘alaihis salaam), he greeted him with salaam. Nabi Moosa (‘alaihis salaam) asked him, “Who are you?” He replied, “I am Iblees.” Nabi Moosa (‘alaihis salaam) responded, “In that case, you are not welcomed. Nevertheless, why have you come here?” Iblees replied, “I have come to greet you, on account of your esteemed rank and position by Allah Ta‘ala.”

Nabi Moosa (‘alaihis salaam) then asked him, “What was that cloth (which I saw you wearing)?” Iblees replied, “It is that through which I trap the hearts of people (due to its glitter and attraction).” Hearing this, Nabi Moosa (‘alaihis salaam) asked Iblees, “Which are those evil deeds which are such that if a person commits them, you are then able to easily overpower him?” Iblees answered, “When a person becomes filled with pride and self-admiration, and he regards his good actions as being abundant, and he forgets his sins, then I overpower him.”

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