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The Deep Desire for Good Deeds

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Monday, 10 July 2017 15:14

Sa’d bin Abi Waqqaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates the following:

I noticed my brother, ‘Umair bin Abi Waqqaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), attempting to remain hidden before Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) inspected us for the departure to Badr. I thus asked him, “What is the matter, O my brother?” He replied, “I fear that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) will see me and regard me to be too small. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) will thus send me away, whereas I deeply desire to join the expedition as it is possible that Allah Ta‘ala will bless me with martyrdom.”

My brother thereafter came before Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) regarded him to be too small to join the expedition to Badr. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) thus sent him away saying, “Go back.” However, ‘Umair (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) began to cry (out of disappointment as he wished to join the expedition and be blessed with martyrdom). Seeing him cry, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) allowed him to join the expedition.

On account of his tender age, I had to tie knots in the strap of his sword (as the sword was too big for him). He was thereafter martyred in the Battle of Badr. His age, at the time, was sixteen, and the disbeliever who killed him was ‘Amr bin ‘Abdi Wudd. (Tabaqaat Ibni Sa’d vol. 3, pg. 149)

Lesson:

If a person is on the verge of gaining a billion rand, but the deal thereafter somehow slips through his fingers, he will be devastated and distraught. In fact, there are some people who even contemplated suicide out of depression! This is on account of the love of money having permeated deep into their hearts. On the contrary, love of good deeds had possessed the hearts of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) to such an extent that being deprived of a chance to join an expedition in the path of Allah Ta‘ala was devastating and would cause them to cry in grief. This is indeed the sign of true imaan and love for Allah Ta‘ala.  

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The Capital of Time

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 07:15

(Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani [rahimahullah] #5)

A few people from Damascus once came to visit Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani (rahimahullah) while he was in the land of Rome for the purpose of Jihaad. Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) had dug a pit within his tent, lined the pit with a piece of leather and filled it with water. He thereafter entered the water and began to roll in it from side to side (in order to cool his body).

When the group from Damascus entered and saw Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) in the water, they understood that he was fasting and asked him, “Why are you fasting, whereas you are a traveler (i.e. you will find the nafl fast difficult while travelling)”. Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) replied, “If there is a need to fight, I will break my fast and prepare to fight by strengthening myself (through eating).”

Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) then continued, “Horses cannot reach their destination while they are fat. They are only able to move swiftly when they are thin. Alas! The remaining days of our lives are passing us by, and it is for these days that we are striving by exerting ourselves in worship.” (Siyaru Aa’laamin Nubalaa vol. 4 pg. 10)

Lesson:

When a man has a business premises, he tries to ensure that every square inch of the premises is used profitably. He will cram onto the shop floor as many shelves, displays and stock items as the premises can manage and will leave no area unused. Similarly, time is our greatest capital in earning the rewards of the Hereafter. The pious friends of Allah Ta‘ala left no time unused or wasted. Hence, although merely being out for Jihaad was itself an act of continuous ‘ibaadah, Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) still engaged in fasting and other acts of worship as he wished to gain maximum returns from his time.

In our lives, there are many precious moments that go to waste whereas we could be utilizing them to make strides of progress. For example, the moments when we are in a vehicle traveling, while cooking in the kitchen, while waiting in a line in a store, while waiting for salaah to commence in the musjid – all these and other similar moments should not see us idle. Instead, if we recite Durood Shareef or some other zikr in these moments, then we will surprise ourselves by realizing that we can easily recite as much as 1000 Durood or even more daily! It is simply a matter of switching off the radio and putting the phone away, choosing to rather engage in the worship of Allah Ta‘ala. 

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‘Blinding’ Influence

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Monday, 12 June 2017 07:19

(Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani [rahimahullah] #4)

Whenever Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) would leave the musjid and return home, then on arriving at the entrance of his yard, he would call out the takbeer (Allahu Akbar). Hearing his takbeer, his wife would reply by also calling out the takbeer. After entering the courtyard of the home, Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) would again call out takbeer and his wife would similarly respond. Finally, when he would arrive at the door of his home, he would call out the takbeer and his wife would similarly respond with takbeer. Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) would thereafter enter the home after which his wife would take his sandals and shawl and bring him his food. 

One day, when Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) arrived at the entrance of his yard, he called out the takbeer, as normal, but was surprised when he received no response. He next entered the courtyard and called out the takbeer, but again received no reply. Finally, when entering the home, he called out the takbeer, and again received no reply.

On entering, he found that the lamp had not been lit, and saw his wife seated with her head lowered, scratching at the ground with a stick. Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) was perplexed at her behaviour and asked her, “What is the matter?” She replied, “You have a good relationship with the leader, Mu‘aawiyah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). We do not have a servant. Why do you not ask him to provide us with a servant and give us some wealth as well?”

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Respect for Ramadhaan

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Monday, 29 May 2017 06:50

There was once a fire worshipper who saw his son eating in the presence of Muslims during the month of Ramadhaan. As soon as he saw his son eating before the Muslims, he hit him and reprimanded him saying, “Why do you not show regard for the sanctity and respect of the Muslims during the month of Ramadhaan?”

It so happened that the fire worshipper passed away that very week. Soon after he passed away, the ‘Aalim of that locality had a dream in which he saw the fire worshipper in Jannah! In the dream, he asked him, “Were you not a fire worshipper?” The man replied, “I was a fire worshipper. However, shortly before I passed away, Allah Ta‘ala honoured me, by inspiring me to accept Islam, due to the respect that I had shown for the month of Ramadhaan.” (Nuzhatul Majaalis pg. 201)

Lessons:

1. The salient symbols of Islam, such as the month of Ramadhaan, the masaajid, the Quraan Majeed, the azaan, etc., stand for and represent Islam. Hence, to respect these symbols is to respect Islam itself, and to show disregard to them is to show disregard to Islam itself. A few examples of showing respect for these symbols are: fasting, performing the complete Taraaweeh Salaah, abstaining from sin during the month of Ramadhaan, dressing and behaving appropriately within the musjid, regularly reciting the Quraan Majeed and holding it with reverence and wudhu, and remaining silent during the azaan so that one may listen to it attentively and verbally reply, as well as by physically responding thereafter by proceeding to salaah.

2. On account of a fire worshipper respecting the month of Ramadhaan, Allah Ta‘ala blessed him with Islam and Jannah. If the Muslims afford this blessed month the respect and honour that it deserves, how much more will Allah Ta‘ala bless them, in this world and the next! Conversely, if the Muslims disregard this month, by failing to repent, fulfil the commands of Allah Ta‘ala and while away the precious moments, what a loss they will incur! 

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The Blessed Bread

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Monday, 15 May 2017 06:23

(Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani [rahimahullah] #3)

On one occasion, the wife of Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani (rahimahullah) said to him, “O Abu Muslim! We do not have any flour!” Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) asked her, “Do you have any money?” She replied, “I have one dirham which we earned through selling yarn.” Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) instructed, “Hand me the dirham and give me a sack.”

Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) thereafter proceeded to the market and stood before a man who was selling food. However, at that moment, a beggar also arrived and stood before Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) imploring, “O Abu Muslim! Give me some charity!” As Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) only had one dirham and there was no food at home, he turned and fled from the beggar, arriving at another food stall. The beggar, however, followed him and continued to call out to him. Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) thus fled for a third time and went to a third stall, but the beggar persistently followed him and continued to implore him for charity.

Finally, viewing the beggar’s persistence, he relented and gave him the dirham. Abu Muslim (rahimahullah), not wanting to take the sack home empty, filled it with sawdust and sand and proceeded home. When he reached the door of his home, he was afraid to enter as he did not have any food to give his wife. Not knowing what else to do, he knocked on the door and when his wife opened it, he gave her the bag, turned and left.

His wife, not knowing what had transpired, took the bag and opened it, finding it full of white flour! She thus formed the dough and baked the bread. After a short portion of the night had passed, Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) arrived at home and knocked on the door. When he entered, she spread the tablecloth and placed loaves of bread before him. Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) was surprised and asked, “Where did you get this bread?” She replied, “O Abu Muslim, from the flour that you brought.” When Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) heard this, he began to eat the bread as he wept in gratitude to Allah Ta‘ala. (Sifatus Safwah vol. 2 pg. 371)

Lessons:

1. Sadaqah (charity) will never decrease a person’s wealth. Rather, it brings barakah (blessings).

2. Every person’s sustenance has been written and preordained. Hence, because it was decreed that Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) would receive the bread, even though he gave the dirham away, he still enjoyed the bread. Similarly, our sustenance, down to the last cent and morsel, has been decreed and cannot change. Hence, we cannot control the amount of wealth that we earn and enjoy. However, we can choose to earn it and spend it in a halaal manner. By doing this, we will receive the exact same wealth – but with the blessings and happiness of Allah Ta‘ala.

3. The pious friends of Allah Ta‘ala have such a bond and relationship with Allah Ta‘ala that He always cares for them and makes divine arrangements for them.

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