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The Prerequisite for Acceptance and Salvation

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Thursday, 29 March 2012 20:57

Abu Imraan Jowni (Rahmatullahi Alayh) narrates that Hazrat Umar (Radiyallahu Anhu) once passed by a monk engaged in worship. On seeing him Hazrat Umar (Radiyallahu Anhu) stopped and stood there for a while. The monk was notified that the Ameerul Mu’mineen is here. So he came forward. The effects of difficulty, exertion and forsaking the world were clearly visible on the monk.

On seeing him Hazrat Umar (Radiyallahu Anhu) broke out into tears. Someone commented: “But he is a Christian.” Hazrat Umar (Radiyallahu Anhu) replied: “I am well aware of that. The reason I am crying is because I pitty him when I recall the following verse of the Quran Karim: “Those who laboured hard and endured many difficulties (thinking that they were pleasing Allah Ta’ala whereas their beliefs and actions did not conform to the injunctions of Allah Ta’ala) they will enter the blazing fire.”

I feel sorry for him since despite his exertion and efforts in this world, he shall still end up in jahannam. (Hayatus Sahabah, Pg.72, vol1)

Lesson: The prerequisite for the acceptance of good deeds is Imaan, without which no good deed will be of any avail in the hereafter. Hence every effort should be made to safeguard and protect it against all incorrect influences.
   

A Clean Heart Draws Divine Assistance

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Saturday, 24 March 2012 07:17

Shaikh Abur Rabee’ (Rahmatullahi Alayh) relates: I had often heard of a very pious lady named Fiddhah who lived in a village. I do not visit ladies, but when I heard many miraculous stories about her, I thought of going to her village and paying her a visit. People told me that she had a she goat that yielded both milk and honey. I was amazed to hear this, so I bought myself a new bowl and went to her house. I said to her: “I heard about your she goat that gives both milk and honey and I wish to have a share of its benefits.” She gave the she goat over to me and I milked it. I saw milk and honey coming out of its teats. We drank the milk and consumed the honey. When I asked her how she had come to possess that she goat, she narrated to me an amazing story.

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The most Treacherous Attack of Shaytaan

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Thursday, 08 March 2012 00:00

When Shaytaan was rejected and thrown out of the heavens he said to Allah Ta’ala: “I swear that since you have sent me astray, I will lie in wait for them on the straight path. Then I will Approach them (to mislead them) from the front, from behind them, from their right and from their left.

The most treacherous attack of shaytaan is that he presents an irreligious deed as a religious one, so that one engages in it as an act of righteousness and hopes to get rewarded for it. Since the person performs it as a religious act, there is no likelihood of him making Tawba. If someone is addicted to obvious sins like adultery and theft there is a possibility that he may make Tawba and give them up. However, if someone is doing something wrong under the impression that it is a religious duty, then the question of him making Tawba does not arise. Rather he will get more involved in it day by day. This explains the words of shaytaan: “I involved them in sins but they frustrated my efforts through Zikr, Tawba and Istighfaar, thereupon I confused then in such a manner that it was then impossible for them to escape.”

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The Best and the Worst Organs

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Saturday, 03 March 2012 00:00

Hazrat Luqman (Alayhi Salaam) was once requested by his master to slaughter a sheep and then bring to him its two best organs. Luqman (Alayhi Salaam) complied with his master’s request, slaughtered the sheep and the two best organs he brought were the heart and the tongue.

Once again his master requested him to slaughter another sheep but that this time he should bring to him the worst organs. Luqman (Alayhi Salaam) for the second time slaughtered another sheep. Strangely he again brought the same two parts, viz. the heart and the tongue. Quite amazed his master exclaimed: “On both request you brought the same two parts. How can the heart and the tongue be the best as well as the worst?”

Luqman (Alayhi Salaam) replied: “O my master, if the heart and the tongue are straight and in order, then there can be no organ of the body better than them. However if they are corrupted then there can be no organ worse than them.”

(Tulaba ke liye Tarbiyati Waqiaat, pg. 91)

Lesson: Guard the tongue and keep the heart clean at all times.

   

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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