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Removing dirt from the Musjid

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Friday, 03 February 2012 00:00

Muhammad bin Mansoor narrates: We were once seated with Imam Bukhari (Rahmatullahi Alayh) in the musjid. One of those present noticed a speck of dirt on his own beard, so he dusted it off resulting in it falling onto the floor of the musjid. I noticed Imam Bukhari (Rahmatullahi Alayh) carefully watching that little speck of dirt as well as simultaneously watching the people, waiting for an opportune moment to pick it up without being noticed. Once he gauged that the people's sight had turned away, he discretely picked it up and put it into his pocket. On leaving the musjid he removed it and discarded it outside. (Risalatul – Mustarshideen, pg. 155)

Lesson: Honouring and showing respect to the sailiant symbols of Islam results in the person himself being honoured. It was such acts of respect that added to the respect and honour of Imam Bukhari (Rahmatullahi Alayh).

   

A Lofty Palace in Jannah

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Thursday, 26 January 2012 00:00

Hazrat Maroof Khakhi (Rahmatullahi Alayh) was extremely remorseful for being unable to attend the janazah salaah of Imam Yusuf (Rahmatullahi Alayh). On being asked the reason for this he replied: “Last night I saw a dream. It was as though I entered Jannat wherein I caught sight of a huge palace. I asked: “Who does this masterpiece belong to?” I was told: “This is exclusively reserved for the illustrious Imaam Abu Yusuf (Rahmatullahi Alayh).” I responded: “Subhanallah, in lieu of what deed has he become entitled to such a magnificent reward?” I received the following reply: “It is due to teaching the people and patiently enduring the difficulties they imposed on him.”

(Aslaaf Ki Taalibe Ilmana Zindagee.Pg. 27)

Lesson: Tolerating difficulties is the tool for success in every facet of our lives.

   

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)

   

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