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Personally Giving to the Poor​

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Monday, 10 December 2018 08:56

(Haarithah bin Nu’maan [radhiyallahu ‘anhu] #2)

At some point in his life, Sayyiduna Haarithah bin Nu’maan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) lost his sight. After losing his sight, he placed a basket filled with dates and other similar items near his musalla, and also had a string tied between his musalla and the door of his home.

When any beggar would knock on the door of Haarithah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), he would take some dates from the basket and then use the string to find his way to the door of his home where the beggar awaited him. In this manner, he would ensure that he personally gave the beggar something from his own hand.

When his family would see him undertaking so much of difficulty to give the sadaqah to the beggar, they would pity him and say, “We will give the charity to the beggar on your behalf!” However, he would insist on personally giving the sadaqah to the beggar and would say, “I heard Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mention, ‘Giving something to a beggar with your own hand (is an action that) saves from an evil death’.”

(Tabraani – Majma‘uz Zawaaid #4683)

Lessons:

1. If a person is blind, handicapped or challenged in some other way, he can still find a way to carry out righteous deeds. In fact, since he has to overcome difficulties that others do not face, his reward will be greater.

2. As far as possible, avoid turning a beggar away empty handed. We do not always have to give money to a beggar. Instead, we can give him something to eat. However, if we do not wish to give him anything, then we should politely and gently decline, without being abusive, vulgar and without shouting at him.

3. Apart from us ensuring that we personally give sadaqah to beggars with our own hands to receive the promise mentioned in the hadeeth, we should also train our children in this regard. We should make them give the sadaqah to the beggar, under our watch and supervision, so that they practically learn to show kindness to others.  

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Committed to the Comfort of his Mother​

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Monday, 26 November 2018 12:58

(Haarithah bin Nu’maan [radhiyallahu ‘anhu] #1)

Sayyiduna Haarithah bin Nu’maan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was an eminent Ansaari Sahaabi of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) who had fought in the Battle of Badr. From all the virtues of this Sahaabi, it was the love, respect and selflessness with which he served his mother, Ja’dah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), that stood out the most.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) once mentioned to the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), “I entered Jannah (in a dream) and heard the sound of someone reciting the Quraan Majeed. I asked, ‘Who is this (reciting the Quraan Majeed)?’ They (the angels) replied, ‘Haarithah bin Nu’maan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).’” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then remarked to the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), “That rank is acquired through obedience and service to parents! That rank is acquired through obedience and service to parents!”

The extent to which Haarithah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) went to see to his mother’s comfort can gauged by the fact that he would feed his mother by placing the food in her mouth with his own hand. Furthermore, if his mother gave him an instruction, but he failed to hear what she had said, then he would not inconvenience her by asking her to repeat what she had said. Rather, he would later on turn to those who had heard her instruction and ask them what she had said.

It was this quality, of serving his mother with complete love, respect and consideration, that earned this Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) the rank where Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) himself heard him reciting the Quraan in Jannah.

(Usdul Ghaabah vol. 1, pg. 407, Majma‘uz Zawaaid #15713, At Tabsirah libnil Jowzi vol. 1, pg. 191)

Lesson:

Obedience and service to parents is a path to Jannah that is often overlooked. However, seeing to their comfort, fulfilling their needs and showing them the love and respect that they deserve is a great ‘ibaadah that earns one tremendous rewards in this world and the next. Furthermore, if we make their hearts happy, they will give us their heartfelt du‘aas which will assist us in both worlds. On the contrary, neglecting our parents and hurting their hearts is a severe sin that will deprive us of goodness, happiness and blessings in our lives. It is nevertheless important to remember that if one’s parents demand that one should do something contrary to the sharee‘ah. One must respectfully refrain from such actions. Obedience to Allah Ta‘ala is the first priority.

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​Submitting to the Book of Allah Ta‘ala

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Monday, 12 November 2018 15:50

‘Ali bin Husain (rahimahullah), also known by the title Zainul ‘Aabideen, was the grandson of Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and the son of Sayyiduna Husain (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

On one occasion, Zainul ‘Aabideen (rahimahullah) was performing wudhu while his slave girl was assisting him by pouring the water onto his limbs from a pitcher. As she was pouring the water, it so happened that the pitcher fell from her hand, striking Zainul ‘Aaibdeen (rahimahullah) on his head and injuring him. On suffering the injury, Zainul ‘Aabideen (rahimahullah) looked up at the slave girl (in anger).

The slave girl addressed him saying, “Allah Ta‘ala mentions (while describing the people of taqwa):

وَالْكَاظِمِينَ الْغَيْظَ

And those who suppress their anger

As soon as he heard this, Zainul ‘Aabideen (rahimahullah) responded, “I have suppressed my anger.”

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The Tongue of Gratitude​

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 09:13

Abu Qilaabah (rahimahullah) was an illustrious Taabi‘ee from Basrah who passed away in the year 104 A.H.

Imaam Awzaa‘ee (rahimahullah) narrates the following incident from ‘Abdullah bin Muhammad (rahimahullah), explaining the manner in which Abu Qilaabah (rahimahullah) passed away. ‘Abdullah bin Muhammad (rahimahullah) says:

I once went to the coast to engage in ‘ribaat’ (guarding the borders of the Islamic lands). At that time, I was posted to the border which was near the city of Arish (a city in Egypt). As I arrived at the coast, I came to an open plain in which a tent was pitched. In the tent, I found a man who had lost the use of both his hands and feet. Furthermore, he was hard of hearing and could barely see, and he did not have any servant to attend to him. However, his tongue was moving and saying:

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The Blessing of Bismillah​

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Monday, 15 October 2018 15:39

Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) was once proceeding to a certain place for some task when he passed by a grave. On looking at the grave, Allah Ta‘ala showed him that angels of punishment were torturing the inmate of the grave.

Sometime later, when Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) had completed his task and was returning, he again passed by the grave. However, Allah Ta‘ala now showed him that instead of angels of punishment, there were angels of mercy at the grave, bearing platters of divine radiance!

Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) was surprised at this sudden change in condition. He thus performed salaah and engaged in du‘aa, begging Allah Ta‘ala to reveal to him what had caused the punishment of the inmate to cease and be replaced with His special mercy.

Allah Ta‘ala sent revelation to Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) informing him thus:

O ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam)! This servant led a life of disobedience and sin, and he has thus been engulfed in punishment from the time he passed away. However, when he passed away, he left a wife who was expecting a child. After the child was born, she raised him and saw to his upbringing until he grew into a young boy. She then made him over to the maktab (elementary madrasah) teachers. After entering the madrasah, the teacher made the child recite “Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem”. I thus felt ashamed to punish my servant with fire within the earth while his son is taking My name above the earth.

(At-Tafseerul Kabeer vol. 1, pg. 143)

Lessons:

1. One of the greatest investments for any parent is a pious child. As the parents were the means of the child entering the world, they have a share in all his good works and righteous deeds and are rewarded accordingly. However, for this investment to bear fruit, the seeds of piety and righteousness will have to be planted and nurtured in the child.

2. In order for the seeds of righteousness and piety to be planted in the child, it is essential that the child be enrolled into a maktab madrasah. It is in the maktab madrasahs that the children are taught the basics and fundamentals of imaan and Islam, such as the oneness of Allah Ta‘ala, the prophethood of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), how to make wudhu, how to perform salaah, how to recite the Quraan Majeed, etc. Since many parents are unable to teach their children themselves (due to lacking the time or knowledge), enrolling the children into a maktab is a proven solution to ensuring that they are not deprived of the teachings of Islam.

3. We should regularly make du‘aa for the forgiveness of all those who have passed on with imaan, especially our parents, grandparents, asaatizah (those who taught us Deen), etc.

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