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The Aakhirah is a Reality

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015 15:22

Once ‘Abdullah bin Rawaahah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was resting with his head on his wife’s lap. Suddenly he began crying. Seeing this, his wife also began to cry. When he asked her the reason for crying, she replied, “When I saw the manner in which you were crying, it made me cry as well.” ‘Abdullah bin Rawaahah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) explained the reason for his crying saying, “I remembered the verse: ‘There is none among you except that he will come to it (Jahannam)’ and I do not know whether I will be granted salvation from the fire or not.” (Tafseer Ibni Katheer vol. 3, pg. 136)

Lesson: The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) had such conviction in the verses of the Quraan Majeed and the occurrences of the Hereafter, that it made them cry even in their moments of pleasure. On the other hand, we have become so oblivious of the realities after death, that we fantasize the worst of things even when our heads are in prostration before our Beloved Creator. We need to enhance our conviction in the Hereafter to such an extent that it becomes a reality before our eyes.

   

“I Rather Stay Blind”

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Tuesday, 31 March 2015 15:26

When ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) began turning blind, he was advised to have it treated. However the treatment required him to leave out salaah for a few days. He refused saying that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Whoever omits his salaah will meet Allah Ta‘ala in such a condition that Allah Ta‘ala will be angry with him.” (Majma‘uz Zawaaid #1632)

Lesson: Salaah was so dear to the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and meant so much to them that they could bear the challenges of remaining blind for the rest of their lives, but could not tolerate the missing of a few salaah.

On the other hand, missing salaah upon salaah for lame excuses is something absolutely normal for us. More tragic than missing the salaah is perhaps the lack of any regret or remorse over missing it, due to having become accustomed to missing salaah often.

If we want to meet Allah Ta‘ala in a state that He is pleased with us, let us be punctual on all our salaah.

   

Conversation of Love

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Tuesday, 17 March 2015 15:54

On one occasion, while Zun-noon Misri (rahimahullah) was performing tawaaf, he heard a voice full off grief and sorrow. When he turned, he saw a woman clinging to the cloth of the Ka’bah saying:

“O my Beloved, You alone know who my beloved is

My frail body and my tears are exposing my secret

My Beloved, I have concealed my love for a very long time, now my heart cannot contain it anymore”

He says: “On hearing these words, my heart was deeply affected and I burst out crying. Thereafter I heard her say: ‘O my Master! Out of the love that You have for me, forgive my sins.’ When I heard these words, I could not contain myself and said: ‘O woman, is your love for Allah Ta‘ala not sufficient that you had to ask Him to forgive you due to His love for you.’ She retorted: ‘Move away, do you not know that there are such people on this earth whom Allah Ta‘ala loves before they even love Him. Did you not hear of the verse:

فَسَوْفَ يَأْتِي اللَّـهُ بِقَوْمٍ يُحِبُّهُمْ وَيُحِبُّونَهُ

Soon Allah Ta‘ala will bring about a nation who He will love them and they will love Him.

See! In this verse Allah Ta‘ala’s love for them is mentioned first.’” (Aa’yaanul Hujjaaj, pg. 170)

Lessons:

1. Love is a two way thing. When we develop a little love for Allah Ta‘ala and live our lives according to the dictates of that love, Allah Ta‘ala will reciprocate it with such love, contentment and tranquillity that no price can be attached to it.  

2. The love of Allah Ta‘ala is not something which is exclusive to men. Often a woman can out do a man in the love of Allah Ta‘ala. The basic condition is to turn completely towards Him.

   

Tale Carrier

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Tuesday, 03 March 2015 16:08

Once a person was selling a slave. He informed the buyer that the slave had the bad habit of carrying tales. The buyer did not pay much attention to this and purchased the slave. After some time, the slave said to the master: “Your wife is having an affair and she wants to kill you.” He then went to the mater’s wife and said: “Your husband does not love you anymore and he intends taking a second wife. Why don’t you cut off a strand of his beard that is closer to his throat, then you can use that strand to enchant him into loving you alone.” That night while the master pretended to be asleep, his wife came with a blade. He was convinced that she was about to kill him so he jumped up and killed her. When the wife’s family members heard of what had transpired, they killed the husband. In this way a conflict and battle broke out between the two families which lasted for many years. (Ithaafus Saadatil Muttaqeen vol. 7, pg. 567)

Lessons:

1. Playing one spouse against the other or sowing discord between two people is a filthy habit which can have severe consequences.

2. One should not accept the reports of anyone and everyone. People have different agendas and they may implicate one in the process.

3. When a person entertains suspicions, he will look for the slightest clue to support it and then become convinced of the suspicion that he had, although there may be absolutely no reality to it.

   

Securing ones Future

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:52

Ismaa‘eel bin Ahmad was the leader of Samarqand. Once, while sitting in the courtroom and listening to the cases that were being presented before him, the great scholar of hadeeth, Muhammad bin Nasr Marwazi (rahimahullah) entered. As a mark of respect, he stood up. When he left the courtroom, his brother Ishaaq reproached him for standing up for one of his subjects. Ismaa‘eel says: “That night when I retired to bed, I saw Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in a dream. My brother and I were together and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) came close to me and held my hand saying: ‘Your rule and the rule of your children will continue due to the respect you showed to Muhammad bin Nasr, and the rule of Ishaaq and his children will come to an end due to him disregarding Muhammad bin Nasr’.” (Tareekh Ibni ‘Asaakir vol. 56, pg. 115 & Al-Bidaayah wan Nihaayah vol. 11, pg. 176)

Lesson: Showing respect to the ‘Ulama – the heirs of the Ambiyaa’ is not only a means of safeguarding one’s deen, rather it brings blessings and continuity to one’s material endeavours as well. In the same vein, disregarding and disrespecting the people of knowledge and the friends of Allah Ta‘ala not only ruins ones deen and dunya, it is also tantamount to waging war with Allah Ta‘ala.

   

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