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A Muslim in Difficulty


Thursday, 30 June 2011 08:46

Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “A Muslim who experiences any hardship, discomfort, worry, sorrow, grief, and distress even if it be a thorn prick, Allah Ta`ala will make that an atonement for his sins.”  (Bukhari/Muslim)

Advice: “Man’s Purpose of Creation”

The creation of man in this world is only for the purpose of acquiring a realization of Allah Ta`ala, and all other creation is for the sake of man. As a Persian poet says:

“The clouds, the winds, the moon, the sun and the sky are constantly at work, So that you earn your living and do not eat in forgetfulness, The entire creation is involved in working for you obediently, The law of justice will not be fulfilled if you fail to obey Allah Ta`ala.”

So man should learn a lesson from their punctuality and obedience in their functions of rendering service to him. Sometimes as a warning, temporary changes are caused in their functions by Allah Ta`ala. There is no rain when it should rain or no wind blows when it should blow. Similar changes are brought in the moon and the sun through their eclipse. In short, everything is subject to some change for admonishing those who neglect their duty to their creator. How astonishing indeed that all these things be made subservient to fulfill man’s needs, yet their obedience does not lead man towards his own submission to his creator.


A Simile Illustrating Humility


Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00

A raindrop fell from a spring cloud. When it saw the wide expanse of the sea it was absolutely ashamed. It reflected: “what am I?” and “how great is the sea?” Compared to the sea I am nonexistent! Thus while regarding itself with an eye of contempt, an oyster took it to its bosom and fate so shaped its course that eventually that very little raindrop became a famous royal pearl. It was exalted for it was humble. Knocking at the door of extinction, it became existent.


Allah Ta’ala alone Controls all Affairs


Wednesday, 15 June 2011 07:52

One night a villager could not sleep owing to a pain in his side. A doctor commented: “This pain is caused by him having eaten a certain leaf. I will be astonished if he lasts through the night, for the arrow of an enemy in his chest were better for him then the eating of such indigestible food!”

That very night the doctor died. Forty years have since passed and the villager yet lives.

If your life is destined to be long, no snake or sword will harm you. However, on the other hand when the fated day of death arrives, the antidote will kill you no less than the poison.


An Evil Thought


Thursday, 09 June 2011 08:28

Sufyaan Thowri (Rahimahullah) was among the famous Imaams in the science of Hadeeth and Islamic law. He once mentioned that he was guilty of a sin due to which he was deprived of offering Tahajjud Salaah for five months. When someone asked him as to what it was, he replied that he had once seen a man crying and thought that the man was a hypocrite.

Imagine the evil consequence of a sinful thought! Yet we say harsh things about people without even thinking twice. And, Allah forbid, if we have something against someone, we cross all limits in slandering him. We even turn his virtues into vices, and publicise and magnify his weaknesses if any. (Fazaail-e-Sadaqaat, p. 74)


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