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Importance of the Sunnat

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Thursday, 03 May 2012 08:20

Ishaq Al Fazari (Rahmatullahi alayhi) narrates that he once met a man who used to be involved in the crime of stealing the kafan from the dead bodies after they were buried in their graves. He later repented for his sin and abandoned that evil habit. Nevertheless Ishaq (Rahmatullahi alayhi) asked him: “Tell me what you noticed about the muslims who were lowered in their graves? Did you find their faces in the same direction as they were when buried, i.e. in the direction of the Qiblah?” He replied: “I observed that many of their faces were turned away from the Qiblah!”

Ishaq (Rahmatullahi alayhi) says that I was quite surprised at this, hence I recorded our conversation in a letter and sent it to Imam Awza’ee (Rahmatullahi alayhi) seeking his guidance in this regard. He wrote back to me and commenced his reply by writing “Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Rajioon” thrice. Thereafter he explained the reason for this phenomena saying: “Their faces were turned away from the Qiblah as a result of them turning away from the Sunnah.” (Ahwaalul Quboor Libni Rajab rahmatullahi alayhi – pg: 116)

Lesson: The only path of salvation is the path of the Sunnah. Adopting any other path or method must inevitably result in ruin and sorrow.

   

Unshakeable Faith

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Thursday, 26 April 2012 07:55

Hazrat Abdullah Bin Abbas (Radiyallahu anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “On the night of Miraj in which I was taken to the Heavens, I perceived a very pleasant fragrance. I enquired from Jibreel (AS) about the source of the fragrance. He informed me that it was the fragrance of the beautician of firown's daughter and her (the beautician) children. I asked him to tell me more about it.

He explained: One day she was engaged in her routine task of beautifying firowns daughter, when suddenly the comb slipped from her hand. Immediately she recited “Bismillah” and picked it up. Firowns daughter asked her whether she was referring to her father when taking the name of Allah? She repled: “No! Rather my lord as well as the lord of your father is Allah!” the girl said: “I shall report this matter to my father.” The woman replied: “Yes, by all means.”

So she informed her father firown who immediately summoned the beautician and asked: “Do you have any other Lord besides me?” She answered: “Yes! My lord as well as your Lord is Allah!” At this firown ordered that a huge brass container be kindled over a blazing fire and that this beautician as well as her children be thrown into it. Before they could do this, she interjected: “I have something to say.” He said: “What is it?” She replied: “After we have burnt down, I request that you gather our bones into a cloth and bury them into the earth.” He agreed to do that.

Firown then commanded that her children be thrown in first. Hence they were cast in one by one, before her very eyes. Eventually it was the turn of her last child, a new-born baby. At this it appeared that the mother became a little hesitant. Suddenly that little child spoke out: “O’ my beloved mother! Jump into the fire, for indeed the punishment of this world is much lighter than the punishment of the hereafter.” On hearing this she plunged herself into the fire. (Musnad-e-Ahmad, vol: 5, pg: 30)

Lesson: life in this world is surrounded with difficulties from every direction. The duty of a believer is to always remain firm and to ensure that his faith remains untarnished, no matter how challenging the situation may seem.
   

Whats the Big Deal?

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Thursday, 19 April 2012 07:33

While reminding us of His innumerable blessings, Allah Ta’ala mentions in the last verse of Sura Mulk:

“Say, Tell me if your water were to vanish into the earth, who will bring you a flowing (stream) water?”

This verse was once recited before a man puffed with pride. In his frenzy of haughtiness, he retorted: “Whats the big deal? If our streams sink into the underground earth, all we will do is dig them back out with our spades and hoes.” Consequently Allah Ta’ala caused the water of his eyes to dry out, thus making him blind. Now would the spades and hoes be of any avail in bringing back the water of his eyes? (Jalalain – pg.468)

Lesson: May Allah safeguard us from challenging His Aayaat.

   

The Prerequisite for Acceptance and Salvation

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Thursday, 29 March 2012 20:57

Abu Imraan Jowni (Rahmatullahi Alayh) narrates that Hazrat Umar (Radiyallahu Anhu) once passed by a monk engaged in worship. On seeing him Hazrat Umar (Radiyallahu Anhu) stopped and stood there for a while. The monk was notified that the Ameerul Mu’mineen is here. So he came forward. The effects of difficulty, exertion and forsaking the world were clearly visible on the monk.

On seeing him Hazrat Umar (Radiyallahu Anhu) broke out into tears. Someone commented: “But he is a Christian.” Hazrat Umar (Radiyallahu Anhu) replied: “I am well aware of that. The reason I am crying is because I pitty him when I recall the following verse of the Quran Karim: “Those who laboured hard and endured many difficulties (thinking that they were pleasing Allah Ta’ala whereas their beliefs and actions did not conform to the injunctions of Allah Ta’ala) they will enter the blazing fire.”

I feel sorry for him since despite his exertion and efforts in this world, he shall still end up in jahannam. (Hayatus Sahabah, Pg.72, vol1)

Lesson: The prerequisite for the acceptance of good deeds is Imaan, without which no good deed will be of any avail in the hereafter. Hence every effort should be made to safeguard and protect it against all incorrect influences.
   

A Clean Heart Draws Divine Assistance

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Saturday, 24 March 2012 07:17

Shaikh Abur Rabee’ (Rahmatullahi Alayh) relates: I had often heard of a very pious lady named Fiddhah who lived in a village. I do not visit ladies, but when I heard many miraculous stories about her, I thought of going to her village and paying her a visit. People told me that she had a she goat that yielded both milk and honey. I was amazed to hear this, so I bought myself a new bowl and went to her house. I said to her: “I heard about your she goat that gives both milk and honey and I wish to have a share of its benefits.” She gave the she goat over to me and I milked it. I saw milk and honey coming out of its teats. We drank the milk and consumed the honey. When I asked her how she had come to possess that she goat, she narrated to me an amazing story.

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