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“Be True to Allah, He will be True to You”

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Monday, 16 April 2018 15:43

On one occasion a Bedouin came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and accepted Islam. He then expressed his desire to remain with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), due to which Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) instructed some of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) to look after him and make arrangements for him.

After some time had passed, the Muslims fought a battle against the disbelievers and were victorious, gaining booty in the process. When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) distributed the booty among the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), he also set aside a share for this Bedouin Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). However, on account of this Bedouin Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) attending to the animals of the other Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), he was away at the time of the distribution. Hence, the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) gave him his allotted share on his return.

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Overcome by Concern

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Monday, 02 April 2018 15:30

Muhammad bin ‘Ali bin ‘Abdillah Haddaad narrates the following incident from a person whom he knew:

I was once present in the Jaami’ Musjid, in the city of Mansoor, on the Day of Jumu‘ah. While in the musjid, I noticed a man in the saff (row) in front of me who had an outward appearance of dignity and humility. He was so engrossed in performing nafl salaah that he remained engaged in salaah from the moment he entered the musjid until the time drew near for the Jumu‘ah salaah to be performed, and only at that time did he end his salaah and remain seated. Seeing the apparent piety of this man, I became overawed by him and my heart was filled with love for him.

However, as the salaah commenced, I noticed that he did not join the jamaat and perform salaah with the people! This surprised me, worried me and even angered me, as he was neglecting the fardh by not performing the Jumu‘ah Salaah.

As soon as the salaah terminated, I went up to him and said, “O my brother, I have never before seen someone behave as strangely as you! You performed lengthy rakaats of nafl salaah in a beautiful manner, yet failed to perform the fardh salaah and abandoned it!”

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The Ultimate ‘Contact’

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Monday, 19 March 2018 15:36

Saalim bin ‘Abdillah (rahimahullah) was the son of the illustrious Sahaabi, ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma). He was born during the khilaafah of ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and was a great Muhaddith and Mufti of Madeenah Munawwarah.

On one occasion, the ruler, Hishaam bin ‘Abdil Malik, entered the Ka’bah and met Saalim bin ‘Abdillah (rahimahullah). Seeing this eminent personality, he immediately said, “Do you have any need that you wish to ask of me?” Saalim (rahimahullah) replied, “I am embarrassed to stand in the house of Allah Ta‘ala and place my needs before someone besides Him.”

Thereafter, when they had exited the Ka’bah, Hishaam said to Saalim (rahimahullah), “You may now place your needs before me (as we are no longer in the house of Allah Ta‘ala).” In reply, Saalim (rahimahullah) asked, “Which needs should I place before you? My needs of this world or my needs of the Hereafter?” Hishaam replied, “Your needs of this world.”

Saalim (rahimahullah) responded, “By Allah! I have not placed my needs of this world before the One who owns this world, so how can I place my needs of this world before one who does not own this world?” (Siyaru Aa’laamin Nubalaa vol. 4 pg. 466)

NB: Perhaps it was due to Saalim (rahimahullah) being overcome by his aversion to the world and wealth that he did not present his needs of this world to Allah Ta‘ala.  

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The Hallmark of Humility

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Monday, 05 March 2018 09:36

Jubair bin Nufair (rahimahullah) narrates:

On one occasion, a group of people praised ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) saying, “By Allah! We never saw a man who dispenses justice, speaks the truth and is more severe upon the hypocrites than you, O Ameerul Mu-mineen! You are the best of people (from the Sahaabah) after Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)!”

Hearing this, ‘Auf bin Maalik (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) objected, “You have not spoken the truth! By Allah, I have seen another man who is actually the greatest (from the Sahaabah) after Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)!” When the people asked ‘Auf (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) who this person was, he replied, “Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).”

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Simplicity is Served

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Monday, 19 February 2018 16:04

Maslamah bin ‘Abdil Malik was the brother-in-law of ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah). He was among the members of the Banu Umayyah family who enjoyed the most luxurious and comfortable lifestyle.

Once, ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) learned that Maslamah was spending one thousand dirhams (silver coins) daily on food alone! Concerned over this extravagance, he instructed Maslamah to come and see him early the next morning. He also instructed for a dish of simple lentils and a few different meat-dishes to be prepared.

The next morning, Maslamah arrived and remained with ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) until a significant portion of the morning had passed. At that point, feeling the pangs of hunger, Maslamah arose and attempted to leave. However, ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) did not allow him to leave and instructed him to sit. Unable to disobey ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah), Maslamah remained seated. When midday arrived, Maslamah again attempted to leave, but ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) again instructed him to sit and prevented him from leaving.

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