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Sincere Repentance

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Friday, 28 October 2011 00:00

Hazrath Abdullah bin Umar radiyallahu unhu narrates that I heard the following incident from Rasullullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam, not only once or twice, rather more than seven times: “Amongst the Bani Israeel there was a person by the name of Kifl, who was constantly involved in sin. A woman once approached him and he offered her 60 dinars (gold coins) to allow him to commit adultery with her. She acceded to his request but as he was to about to approach her she broke out into tears and began shivering. He asked: “Why are you crying? Did I coerce you into this?” She replied: “No! There was absolutely no coercion but this is such a crime that I haven’t ever come close to it in my entire life.” Currently I am going through financial constraints due to which I accepted your request.” On hearing this he moved away immediately and then told her: “You can leave and take those 60 dinars as well. From now onwards Kifl also will not commit any sin.”

Coincidently he passed away that very night. The next morning this statement was divinely inscribed on his door: “Ghafarallahu Lil Kifl” - Allah has forgiven Kifl.

(Musnad Ahmad, vol: 8, pg: 369)

Lesson: The mercy of Allah Ta’ala is beyond any limits. Indeed he truly loves and appreciates the sincere repentance of his servants.
   

A Casual Chat

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Wednesday, 19 October 2011 00:00

There was a woman by the name of Hind al-Khus al-Iyadiyyah. She was one of the wealthy woman in the pre Islamic times, well known for her intelligence, wit, eloquence and words of wisdom. Inspite of being a woman of position and honour amongst her people, she commited adultery with her slave boy.

People asked her: “Of all people, what made you commit adultery with your slave boy whereas you are a leading woman of your tribe? Why not with a free person instead?”

So she replied: “The factors which prompted me to commit adultery and that too with a slave, were two, one was “Qurbul Wisaal” (this refers to being close physically, that is they had easy accessibility to each other due to living in the same place). The second factor was “Tulus Sawaad” (which could be translated as “long chats”).

(Risaalatul Mustarshideen – Pg: 177)

These two factors are the highly inflammable ingredients that cause explosion and destruction.

Lesson: Being in privacy with strange woman and casually chatting with them may eventually lead one to falling into the most despicable of actions and thereby bringing him/her perpetual disgrace.

   

Just one glance!

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Sunday, 02 October 2011 00:00

There was once a muslim soldier who participated in many military campaigns against the Romans. On one particular campaign when the mujahiddeen had surrounded a roman city his gaze fell upon a woman in a fortress. He was infatuated by her beauty and sent her a message, asking how he could reach her. She replied, “You must accept Christianity and come up to me in the fortress.”

Read more: Just one glance!

   

The hand that Gives is better than the hand that Receives

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Friday, 23 September 2011 00:00

Once Ibrahim bin Adham rahmatullahi alaih met Shaqeeeq Balkhi rahmatullahi alaih in Makkah Mukarramah and asked: “What made you devote all your time to the worship of Allah Ta’ala?” Shaqeeq rahmatullahi alaih replied: “I was once walking through a hot desert when I noticed a bird whose wings were broken off. I decided to wait and see how it would obtain food. I sat close by and watched carefully. After some time, another bird arrived and placed a locust into the mouth of the bird that could not fly. This made me ponder. The Being who sent a healthy bird in a dry desert land, is more than able to provide me with sustenance wherever I may be. I then left all forms of earning and devoted myself to worship.”

After hearing the story, Ibrahim bin adham rahmatullahi alaih asked: “O Shaqeeq, why did you not choose to become like the healthy bird? That would have been the better of the two options. Did you not hear the hadith of Nabi sallallahu alaih wasallam?

“The upper hand (the giving hand) is better than the lower hand (the receiving hand).”

It is the sign of a Believer that he strives for the best in all matters in order to reach the status of the pious servants of Allah Ta’ala.

Shaqeeq Balkhi rahmatullahi alaih attentively heard the advice and then grasped the hand of Ibrahim bin Adham rahmatullahi alaih saying: “You are our teacher!”    (Taareekhe Dimishk pg: 135. Vol: 23)
   

Guidance through Respect

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Monday, 25 July 2011 00:00

There was once a fire-worshipper who noticed his son eating during the month of Ramadhaan in the presence of the Muslims. He was infuriated and reprimanded his son, “How could you destroy the sanctity of the Muslims during the month of Ramadhaan?”

After his death, a scholar from the neighbourhood saw him in a dream enjoying from the bounties of Jannat. He was quite surprised and asked: “Were you not a fire-worshipper?”
The man replied: “Yes, I was. However, as I was about to pass away Allah Ta`ala granted me the good fortune of accepting Islam due to the respect I showed for the month of Ramadhaan.” (Nuzhat-ul-Majaalis, p. 201) 

Lesson: Respect for the distinguishing features and symbols of Islam draws Allah Ta`ala’s special mercy and guidance.

   

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