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A Remedy to Combat Sin and Temptation

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Thursday, 23 February 2012 00:00

A very beautiful woman who lived in Makkah Mukarramah was admiring herself in the mirror and asked her husband: “Is there any man who will see my face and not be tempted by it?” He replied: “Yes.” She asked: “Who?” He answered: “Ubaid Bin Umair.” She asked: “Will you allow me to tempt and entice him?” He agreed.

She approached Ubaid Bin Umair pretending to ask him an important question. When they were in a corner of Musjidul Haram, she unveiled her face and it shone like the full moon. Ubaid (Rahmatullahi Alayh) asked her: “O slave of Allah, what do wish to ask?” She replied: “Please fulfil my desires as I am in love with you.” Ubaid (Rahmatullahi Alayh) responded: “I would like to ask you a few questions. If you reply truthfully, I will consider your request.”

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Avoid causing Inconvenience

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Thursday, 16 February 2012 00:00

Once Moulana Maseehullah Khan (Rahmatullahi Alayh) was informed that his son Safiyullah was involved in a fight with another student by the name of Rasheed Ahmad. Rasheed Ahmad narrates that it was midday during the summer period whilst I was resting that I heard a knock on the door. I opened the door and to my amazement I see my principal Hazrat Moulana standing in front of me. In his polite tone, he mentioned to me that “I was informed that my son Safiyullah had fought with you. Hence I have come to you solely to apologise on his behalf.” I told him that no such fight had taken place and that we are close friends. Someone may have passed on wrong information regarding him. However, despite explaining this to him, he continued asking me to pardon him.

(Hayate Maseehul Ummat), Pg.142)

Lesson: An important principle in Deen is never to inconvenience anyone at anytime. If one has erred and caused any inconvenience one should immediately apologise and seek the person’s pardon. Doing so does not decrease one’s honour and respect. Rather it increases it.

   

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.

   

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