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You will be Counted amongst those whom you are Inclined to!

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Wednesday, 09 January 2013 10:11

Nabi Loot (alaihis salaam) was amongst those personalities who were divinely selected to receive prophethood and guide their nations to Allah Ta’ala. He was sent to a people who had become void of all natural and instinctive tendencies. They refused to take heed to the repeated calls of guidance given to them by Nabi Loot (alaihis salaam) and their depraved behaviour was worse than that of even animals. They became inhuman, losing all moral values. Nabi Loot (alaihis salaam) continued to advise them for a long time. Eventually when they transgressed all limits, they “invited” such a punishment which was to be as severe as their crime.

Hence Nabi Loot (alaihis salaam) was instructed to leave his village along with his family members after nightfall, for by morning a severe punishment was to befall them. They were all commanded not to look back even once when the punishment has commenced, so as not to show any pity or inclination towards the evildoers. Everyone complied with this command, except his wife. As soon as the punishment commenced and she began to hear the painful cries of her people, she turned around and exclaimed with grief and sorrow: “O my People!” Hence she was also destroyed along with the others in that very punishment. (Roohul Ma’aani vol. 6, pg. 306)

Lesson: If merely being inclined to those who are sinful is such a severe act, what will be the effect and result of casually associating with people involved in sin? This brings destruction in this world and the next. 

Indeed, one should pity the sinful in that they are heading towards hell. Hence one should make du’aa for them and make an effort to bring them onto the right path.

   

A Believer’s Mindset at the Time of Fitnah

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Thursday, 27 December 2012 07:15

Nabi Yusha’ (alaihis salaam) once received revelation that one hundred thousand people from his nation will be destroyed in a punishment to befall them. The strange thing was that sixty thousand of them were sinners and transgressors, whereas the remainder forty thousand were outwardly pious people. In astonishment Yusha’ (alaihis salaam) asked: “O Allah, what crime did the pious ones commit?” Allah Ta’ala replied: “They freely associated and interacted with the evil doers and did not express any type of anger or aversion for the wrongs taking place around them.” (Al-Bahrul Muheet vol. 3 pg. 533)

Lesson: Though one will not hate the sinner, one MUST hate the sin. If the situation is such that one cannot stop the wrong, one must feel the deep hate and aversion for the wrong that is taking place. He should also express this in an appropriate way – the least is to disassociate from the people involved and the place of sin.

   

“Festive Greetings”??

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Thursday, 20 December 2012 15:37

A great scholar of Makkah Mukarramah, Shaikh Dahhaan, related the following thought provoking incident: 

A learned man who lived in Makkah Mukarramah passed away. Sometime later, his grave was re-dug to bury another person. To the utter amazement of those present, there lay in his grave the body of a beautiful European looking girl. Coincidently, there was a man from Europe among the crowd who identified this girl. He said, “This girl is from France and the daughter of a Christian. She had accepted Islam secretly and studied some deeni books from me. All of a sudden she fell ill and passed away.” 

Half the mystery was solved, that her body was moved to the blessed land of Makkah Mukarramah since she was a pious Muslim girl. Now the question remained, “Where is the body of the learned man?”

They said to the Muslim from Europe, “Please dig the grave of this girl on your return and see if the body of the learned man is there?” 

 When he returned, he explained the entire episode to the girl’s parents. They were extremely surprised and eventually decided to dig her grave. When the grave was dug the body of the girl was nowhere to be seen. In it’s place lay the decomposing rotten body of the learned man who was buried in Makkah Mukarramah. 

Read more: “Festive Greetings”??

   

I Don’t Know

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Thursday, 13 December 2012 06:18

Once whilst Ali (radiyallahu anhu) was seated on the mimbar, someone asked him a question. Without any hesitation, he calmly replied: “I don’t know.” The man commented: “How can you ever say: “I don’t know” when you have assumed this exalted position of sitting on the mimbar?” To this Ali (radiyallahu anhu) replied: “I’ve ascended this mimbar based on what I know. Had I ascended any place based on what I don’t know then undoubtedly I would have reached the sky!” (Mirqaat vol.1 pg. 528)

Lesson: Besides Allah Ta’ala nobody knows everything. Then there are those who have more knowledge than others. In every field, there are experts and there are laymen. Laymen must NEVER take a chance. They must always refer to the experts, whether it be a medical problem, a financial issue or any other aspect. Most importantly, those without sound knowledge of Deen must NEVER take a chance with trying to extract laws of deen from the Quraan and Sunnah. One must ALWAYS refer to the experts – those who have acquired the detailed knowledge of the Quraan and Sunnah from experts – via an unbroken chain leading all the way up to Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). Allah Ta’ala clearly commands “Ask those of knowledge if you do not know.”    
 
   

What Goes Around Comes Around

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Saturday, 01 December 2012 05:39

A couple were once seated for meals. Suddenly a knock was heard at the door from a beggar standing outside. The husband in a fit of rage approached the beggar, scolded him and chased him away. As time passed it so happened that this wealthy man became poor. He lost his entire empire and eventually even ended up divorcing his wife.

Life continued. She remarried and now was seated for meals with her new husband. Again a knock was heard at the door from a beggar. Her husband told her: “Take this food which was prepared for us and give it to the beggar outside.” She did as he instructed her but she returned crying. She replied: “The beggar outside was my previous husband.” Then she related to him the entire incident which transpired between her previous husband and his abuse to that beggar. Her new husband then told her: “By the qasm of Allah, I am that very same beggar.” (Al Mustatraf vol 1 pg 24)

Lesson: If you have been blessed with prosperity and ease, never regard it as your achievement. Also, do not look down upon those who are less fortunate or treat them with pride and arrogance. Instead, be humble and grateful to Allah Ta’ala and treat His creation with compassion and kindness. Otherwise, the tables could turn.

   

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