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Adhering to the Instruction of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam)

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Thursday, 17 May 2012 09:24

Hazrat Huzaifa (Radiyallahu Anhu) narrates: “One night during the battle of the trench it was unusually dark and windy, to the extent that a person was unable to see his own hand. The munafiqeen were returning to their homes. We were about three hundred men sticking to our post. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) approached every one of us and enquired about his welfare. I did not have much weaponry to defend myself against the enemy nor did I have sufficient clothing to guard myself against the cold. I only had one small sheet which was lent to me by my wife. I wrapped it around myself and sat with my knees clinging to the ground.

When Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) passed me he asked: “Who are you?” I replied: “Huzaifa!” I could not stand due to the cold hence I clung to the ground with shame. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Huzaifa! Stand up and bring us some information from the enemy camp.” Of all the Sahabah (Radiyallahu anhum) I was the most ill-equipped, but as soon as I got the order I stood up and left immediately. As I was going, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) made dua for me saying: “O Allah! Guard and protect him from every direction”. Huzaifa (radaiyallahu anhu) says: “By Allah! Immediately after this dua, I was completely relieved of my fear and cold. I now felt as though I was walking in a surrounding which was warm and conducive.”

 

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Importance of the Sunnat

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Thursday, 03 May 2012 08:20

Ishaq Al Fazari (Rahmatullahi alayhi) narrates that he once met a man who used to be involved in the crime of stealing the kafan from the dead bodies after they were buried in their graves. He later repented for his sin and abandoned that evil habit. Nevertheless Ishaq (Rahmatullahi alayhi) asked him: “Tell me what you noticed about the muslims who were lowered in their graves? Did you find their faces in the same direction as they were when buried, i.e. in the direction of the Qiblah?” He replied: “I observed that many of their faces were turned away from the Qiblah!”

Ishaq (Rahmatullahi alayhi) says that I was quite surprised at this, hence I recorded our conversation in a letter and sent it to Imam Awza’ee (Rahmatullahi alayhi) seeking his guidance in this regard. He wrote back to me and commenced his reply by writing “Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Rajioon” thrice. Thereafter he explained the reason for this phenomena saying: “Their faces were turned away from the Qiblah as a result of them turning away from the Sunnah.” (Ahwaalul Quboor Libni Rajab rahmatullahi alayhi – pg: 116)

Lesson: The only path of salvation is the path of the Sunnah. Adopting any other path or method must inevitably result in ruin and sorrow.

   

Unshakeable Faith

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Thursday, 26 April 2012 07:55

Hazrat Abdullah Bin Abbas (Radiyallahu anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “On the night of Miraj in which I was taken to the Heavens, I perceived a very pleasant fragrance. I enquired from Jibreel (AS) about the source of the fragrance. He informed me that it was the fragrance of the beautician of firown's daughter and her (the beautician) children. I asked him to tell me more about it.

He explained: One day she was engaged in her routine task of beautifying firowns daughter, when suddenly the comb slipped from her hand. Immediately she recited “Bismillah” and picked it up. Firowns daughter asked her whether she was referring to her father when taking the name of Allah? She repled: “No! Rather my lord as well as the lord of your father is Allah!” the girl said: “I shall report this matter to my father.” The woman replied: “Yes, by all means.”

So she informed her father firown who immediately summoned the beautician and asked: “Do you have any other Lord besides me?” She answered: “Yes! My lord as well as your Lord is Allah!” At this firown ordered that a huge brass container be kindled over a blazing fire and that this beautician as well as her children be thrown into it. Before they could do this, she interjected: “I have something to say.” He said: “What is it?” She replied: “After we have burnt down, I request that you gather our bones into a cloth and bury them into the earth.” He agreed to do that.

Firown then commanded that her children be thrown in first. Hence they were cast in one by one, before her very eyes. Eventually it was the turn of her last child, a new-born baby. At this it appeared that the mother became a little hesitant. Suddenly that little child spoke out: “O’ my beloved mother! Jump into the fire, for indeed the punishment of this world is much lighter than the punishment of the hereafter.” On hearing this she plunged herself into the fire. (Musnad-e-Ahmad, vol: 5, pg: 30)

Lesson: life in this world is surrounded with difficulties from every direction. The duty of a believer is to always remain firm and to ensure that his faith remains untarnished, no matter how challenging the situation may seem.
   

Whats the Big Deal?

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Thursday, 19 April 2012 07:33

While reminding us of His innumerable blessings, Allah Ta’ala mentions in the last verse of Sura Mulk:

“Say, Tell me if your water were to vanish into the earth, who will bring you a flowing (stream) water?”

This verse was once recited before a man puffed with pride. In his frenzy of haughtiness, he retorted: “Whats the big deal? If our streams sink into the underground earth, all we will do is dig them back out with our spades and hoes.” Consequently Allah Ta’ala caused the water of his eyes to dry out, thus making him blind. Now would the spades and hoes be of any avail in bringing back the water of his eyes? (Jalalain – pg.468)

Lesson: May Allah safeguard us from challenging His Aayaat.

   

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.
   

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