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Highway Robber becomes the Saint of the Time

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Wednesday, 29 May 2013 07:01

Fudhail bin ‘Iyaadh (rahimahullah) was a great saint and scholar of his time. His initial years were spent in highway robbing. The incident of his repentance is as follows: 

One night, as he was climbing a wall to meet a girl that he was infatuated with, he heard someone reciting the verse: 

أَلَمْ يَأْنِ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَن تَخْشَعَ قُلُوبُهُمْ لِذِكْرِ اللَّـهِ

“Has not the time come for the people of imaan that their hearts surrender to the remembrance of Allah Ta‘ala”

When he heard this, he immediately replied: “Undoubtedly O my Lord, the time has come,” and he returned. On his way back he took shelter for the night at a certain place where there were other travellers as well. He overheard their conversation where in someone had suggested: “Let us continue with our journey.” Upon this somebody replied: “Not before the morning, because Fudhail will rob us on the road.” 

He says: “This left me thinking. How bad are you? You are spending your night in vice, whilst other Muslims are fearing you? It seems like Allah Ta‘ala has sent them for me to take heed. O Allah! I repent to You, and as part of my repentance, I would pass the rest of my life in the precincts of the Ka’bah in ‘ibaadat.” (Siyaru Aa’laamin Nubalaa vol. 8, pg. 423)

Lesson: Sometimes there are things that really tug at our heart and make us want to turn to Allah Ta’ala. It may be something we perhaps heard in a talk, or read in a book or just something that was advised by a friend. These moments are special opportunities which we should grab with both our hands and immediately sincerely turn to Allah Ta’ala. That moment may change our lives forever

 
   

The Appreciation of the Quraan in Russia

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Saturday, 11 May 2013 08:01

There was a time in Russia under the Communist rule when it was a crime to recite the Quraan and to take the name of Islam. For a long period no Azaan was heard nor any Salaah was performed. When Communism had just ended, a very inspiring incident had taken place. An old woman who was standing at the door of her house saw some foreign Muslim brothers passing by. They were out in the path of Allah Ta‘ala. She called them and asked them if they have a copy of the Quraan. So they presented a copy of the Quraan to her as a gift. The moment she saw the Quraan, she took it, held it close to her chest, and then burst out crying uncontrollably. She then said, “Seventy years have passed and I have never seen the Quraan. I made du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala that let not death come to me until I am blessed with the sight of Your Quraan”. Thereafter she presented a huge box to them. They refused to take it. She told them that they must take it since she took an oath in the name of Allah Ta‘ala to present it to the one who allows her to see the Quraan. They opened it and found it full of gold and silver jewellery. 

Lesson: This is the appreciation of the Quraan in places where there is no Quraan. Yet in many places in almost every home there is someone who has memorised the Quraan, but there is no appreciation for the Book of Allah Ta‘ala.

   

A Good Neighbour

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Thursday, 18 April 2013 10:06

Sulaiman bin Jahm Al-Ansaari (rahimahullah) once offered to sell his house in exchange for a hundred thousand dirhams. When those who were interested approached him, he asked them: “The house is for sale in exchange of a hundred thousand dirhams, but how much will you pay for being the neighbour of Sa'eed bin 'Aas (rahimahullah).” They replied: “Is that something anyone ever “pays a price for?” He said: “Then in that case, call this deal off! By Allah, I can never leave such a neighbour who, whenever he does not see me he enquires about me and whenever he sees me, he is most warm and welcoming towards me. If I leave home for any errand then he takes special care of whatever belongings I’ve left behind. If I am at home then he always makes himself available to assist me. If I have to ask him for anything then he grants it to me most willingly. And when I don’t ask then he approaches me enquiring whether there is anything I need. If any calamity befalls me then he is first to come to my aid.”

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Count your Blessings

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Saturday, 09 March 2013 10:43

Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) once passed by a person who together with being afflicted with the disease of leprosy was also blind, deaf and dumb. He (radhiyallahu anhu) asked those around him: “Can you perceive any bounty that this man may be enjoying?” They replied: “Being in this condition, what bounty could he enjoy?” Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) replied: “Is he not able to relieve himself with ease? This is a great bounty of Allah Ta'ala” (Hayaatus Sahaabah vol. 2, pg. 804)

Lesson: Subhanallah! What great bounties we have been blessed with! Yet, when one is affected with any difficulty, all the innumerable favours and bounties are forgotten and the heart and mind are consumed in the one negative. Thus, whenever one is in a problem, sit and ponder over the number of things that are in order. Make shukr for it. This will help greatly to bring a degree of mental relief despite the difficulty one may be in.

   

Seeing may be Deceiving!

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Friday, 01 March 2013 08:21

Qaasim (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the son of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) passed away in infancy whilst still being suckled by his mother Sayyidah Khadeejah (radiyallahu ‘anha). Due to her natural motherly love and compassion for her child she said to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam): “My bosom is still filled with milk for him. How nice it would have been if he was first weaned off before passing away.” To console her Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied: “Arrangements for his breastfeeding have been made in Jannah.” Khadeejah (radiyallahu ‘anha) said: “I was unaware of that.” Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned: “If you so wish, I will supplicate to Allah Ta‘ala who will make it possible for you to hear Qaasim’s voice.” At this she replied: “There is no need for that, for I have (more) conviction in what Allah Ta‘ala and his Rasool (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) have mentioned (than in what I perceive through my senses).” (Sunan Ibni Maajah #1512)

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