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Appreciating the Bounties of Allah

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Thursday, 19 January 2012 00:00

A renowned scholar of recent times was Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saheb (Rahmatullahi Alayh). Hazrat Moulana paid special attention to aspects related to ettiquette and good mannerisms.

On one occasion a tailor approached Moulana and requested him for measurements in order that he may sew him a waistcoat. Moulana was seated at the time and experienced difficulty in standing up due to old age and physical ill health. Nevertheless Moulana stood up in order to hand over to the tailor the waistcoat he had on, to serve as a sample. But as he stood up he noticed his handkerchief in his waistcoat pocket. Instead of just throwing or dropping it down from that standing position, he chose to rather sit down again, remove that hankie, put it in its place and thereafter stood up and gave the tailor his waistcoat. He endured all this difficulty inspite of his extreme weakness only out of respect for the handkerchief which, though it may seem insignificant, it is nevertheless also the gift of Allah.

(Hayate  Maseehul Ummat Rahmatullahi Alayh, pg. 152)

Lesson: Every bounty is from Allah Ta’ala and therefore deserves special appreciation and respect, no matter how insignificant it may seem. To throw the handkerchief onto the floor also appears as if one is “throwing away” the bounty of Allah Ta’ala. Therefore this is to be totally avoided.

   

A Hole in the Ship

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Wednesday, 11 January 2012 00:00

Rasullullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam said: “There are people who do not transgress the laws of Allah Ta’ala whilst there are also others who do so. They are like two groups who boarded a ship, one of them settled on the upper deck and the other on the lower deck of the ship. So when the people of the lower deck needed water they said: “Why should we inconvenience the people of the upper deck when we can easily have plenty of water by making a hole in our deck.” Now if the people of the upper deck do not prevent this group from such foolishness, all of them will perish. But on the contrary if they stop them then all of them will be saved.

(Bukhari – vol:1, pg:339)

Lesson: Advising one another and accepting correction plays a vital role in the preservation of Islam and the muslims at large.

   

Intoxicants, the Root of all Evil

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Monday, 26 December 2011 00:00

Haarith rahmatullahi alaih reports, “I heard Hadhrat Uthmaan radhiyallahu anhu saying: ‘Keep away from wine for it is the root of all vice and evil. Amongst the former people there was a man who used to be engaged in ibaadat (worship). An immoral woman fell in love with him. In order to get him to her, she sent her slave girl to him with this message that we request your presence in order that you may give testimony on a certain issue. (To give testimony is an act of virtue and pious people do not miss these opportunities.) So he accompanied the slave girl. She ensured to lock each door he entered through thus allowing him no escape.

Suddenly he was ushered before a beautiful woman who had with her a little child and a bottle of wine. She said to him, “By Allah! I have not called you here to give testimony. Rather, I have invited you here only so that you may either commit zina with me, or drink a glass of wine or murder this little boy.” He replied: “Give me a glass of wine.” (For he thought this to be the lightest and least harmful of the 3 evils) Hence, she served him a glass. On drinking this and becoming intoxicated he said: “Give me more.” Thereafter it was not long that he committed zina with her and also murdered that little child.

So keep away from wine, for by Allah, Imaan and a close attachment to wine cannot coexist, and either one is sure to drive out the other.’” (Nasai, vol. 2, pg. 330)

   

Hate the Sin not the Sinner

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Saturday, 10 December 2011 00:00

Hazrat Abu Hurairah radiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam once said: “There were two men in the Bani Israeel who were close friends. One of them was a habitual sinner whilst the other exerted himself in acts of worship. The one exerting himself in worship would often see his friend involved in sin and would instruct him: “Refrain from sin”

One day he found him engaged in some sin and thus again instructed him: “Refrain from sin!” so the sinner replied: “Leave me to my Allah. Have you been appointed as a watchman over me?”

On this the worshipper said: “I swear by Allah, Allah will never forgive you and will never admit you into Jannat.”

Then both passed away and were presented in front of the Lord of the worlds. Allah said to the one who strived hard in worship: “Did you have any knowledge regarding me or do you have any control over what lies in my hands?” Allah then said to the sinner: “Go, enter into Jannat because of my mercy.”

Regarding the worshipper Allah commanded: “Take him into Jahannam.”

Hazrat Abu Hurairah radiyallahu anhu, commenting on this hadith says: “That worshipper uttered such a statement which destroyed both his dunya as well as his aakhirat.”

(Abu Dawood, pg.329, vol.2)

   

The Sincere Debtor

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011 00:00

Nabi sallallahu alaihi wasallam mentioned that a man from the Bani Israeel requested someone belonging to his tribe to lend him a thousand Dinars (Gold Coins). The latter replied: Bring me witnesses so that I can request their testimony when required. But the man answered: Allah is sufficient as a witness. He then requested for a surety but again he received the reply: Allah is sufficient as a surety.

Read more: The Sincere Debtor

   

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