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The Intelligent Investor​

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Monday, 24 June 2019 15:35

Sayyiduna Sa‘eed bin ‘Aamir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was a Sahaabi of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) who was well known for his austerity and disinterest in the dunya. Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had appointed him as the governor over Hims.

His disinterest in wealth was such that when he would receive his monthly stipend from the Baytul Maal, he would set aside the amount that his dependents required to fulfil their needs and would then give the remainder in sadaqah.

On one occasion, Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) came to the city of Hims and asked the residents how they found their governor, Sayyiduna Sa‘eed bin ‘Aamir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). The people responded by placing before Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) four complaints regarding their governor.

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Sinner to Saint

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Monday, 10 June 2019 07:30

Imaam ‘Abdullah bin Mubaarak (rahimahullah) is a personality whose fame precedes him. He was blessed in the fields of hadeeth, fiqh and striving in the path of Allah Ta‘ala, among other fields, and was also among the greatest saints of his time.

A person once asked ‘Abdullah bin Mubaarak (rahimahullah) what had caused him to set out on the path of acquiring the knowledge of Deen. He gave the following reply:

I was a youngster who would drink intoxicating substances. I would love music, and I would take great enjoyment from indulging in these evil actions. On one occasion, when the apples and other fruit had ripened, I called my friends to an orchard. We ate and drank, until we had drunk so much that we were intoxicated and fell asleep. At the very end of the night, just before subah saadiq, I awoke and picked up a lute. I then began to play it while singing the following couplets:

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Planting the Seed of Piety​

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Monday, 27 May 2019 10:41

Sahal bin ‘Abdillah Tustari (rahimahullah) was a renowned saint of his time. He was born in the city of Tustar (a city in South-Western Iran also known as Shushtar) during the year 200 or 201 A.H., and passed away in Basrah during the year 283 A.H.

Although Sahal bin ‘Abdillah Tustari (rahimahullah) acquired spiritual benefit from the saint, Zunnoon Misri (rahimahullah), the roots of his piety can be traced to the influence of his maternal uncle, Muhammad bin Sawwaar (rahimahullah). Sahal (rahimahullah) explains:

One day, my uncle said to me, “Why don’t you engage in the remembrance of Allah Ta‘ala who created you?” I asked, “How should I engage in His remembrance?” My uncle responded, “When you go to bed at night, then say the following to yourself in your heart, three times, without moving your tongue, ‘Allah Ta‘ala is with me! Allah Ta‘ala is watching me! Allah Ta‘ala is witness to all that I am doing!’” I thus commenced this practice and continued with it for some time.

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Beyond the Call of Duty​

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Monday, 13 May 2019 10:48

During the year 2 A.H., Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) received information that a trade caravan, under the leadership of Abu Sufyaan (who was not yet a Muslim at the time), was returning from Syria to Makkah Mukarramah. Since the Muslims and the Quraish were at war with one another, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) announced his intention to attack the caravan.

The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) immediately responded and prepared to set out. As the trade caravan comprised of a meagre thirty to forty men, just 313 Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) set out with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Furthermore, they did not prepare for a full-scale war as they did not expect to encounter considerable resistance from the small caravan. Hence, their weapons and even their conveyances were few in number.

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​The Considerate Creditor

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Monday, 29 April 2019 10:00

Shaqeeq bin Ebrahim Balkhi (rahimahullah) mentioned the following incident:

I accompanied Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) to visit a sick person. Enroute, a man saw him from a distance and hid away from him, taking another road. Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) shouted out and said, “O so and so! Walk in the direction you were walking in. Don’t change your route.” When he realized that Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) had already seen him, he was overcome with shame and stood still. Upon reaching him, Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) asked him the reason for changing his route. He replied, “I owe you a long overdue amount of ten thousand dirhams (silver coins) which I am unable to pay. Hence, when I saw you coming towards me, I was overcome by shame.”

Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) remarked, “Subhaanallah! Matters have reached such proportions that when you see me you take cover? I have gifted the entire amount to you and I declare myself a personal witness to this, so do not take cover when you see me in future. Also, forgive me for the pain that entered your heart when you met me.”

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