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The Answer to Every Problem

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Monday, 21 December 2020 10:30

On one occasion, during the season of summer, the gardener of Sayyiduna Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) came to him and complained that the orchard was in need of water (as they had not experienced rainfall for some time).

On hearing the concern of the gardener, Sayyiduna Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) asked for some water, made wudhu and then performed salaah and made du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala (for rain). He then asked the gardener, “Can you see anything (i.e. rain)?” The gardener replied, “No, I cannot see anything.”

Sayyiduna Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) then continued to performed more salaah, until finally, when he completed the third or fourth set of salaahs, he said to the gardener, “(Go and) look.” The gardener now said, “I can see a few clouds resembling the wing of a bird.” 

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Assisted from the Unseen

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Monday, 07 December 2020 13:48

On one occasion, Sayyiduna Zaid bin Haarithah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) hired the services of a person to take him to Taa-if on his mule.

After traveling for some time, the owner of the mule led him to a deserted area where he forced Sayyiduna Zaid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to dismount. On dismounting, Sayyiduna Zaid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) observed that the entire area was strewn with the bodies of people who were murdered. At that moment, the owner of the mule expressed his intention to kill Sayyiduna Zaid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

Sayyiduna Zaid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said to him, “Allow me to perform two rakaats of salaah.” The man retorted, “Perform salaah (if you wish), for all these people before you performed salaah as well, yet it did not (apparently) benefit them in any way.”

Sayyiduna Zaid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) then performed his salaah. After completing it, when the man approached him to kill him, Sayyiduna Zaid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) called out in du‘aa, “Yaa Arhamar Raahimeen (O the Most Merciful of those who show mercy)!” In response, they heard a voice call out, “Do not kill him!” This startled the man, who went in search of the source of the voice, but was unable to find anyone present.

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Overcome by Compassion and Concern

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Monday, 23 November 2020 15:14

On one occasion, ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) sent an emissary to the ruler of Rome. After the emissary had concluded his mission with the ruler, he left his court and began to roam around. While roaming, he passed by a place where he could hear a man reciting the Quraan Majeed and grinding grain. He thus approached the man and greeted him with salaam two or three times, but the man did not reply to his salaam.

Finally, the man replied to his salaam and asked, “How is it that someone is making salaam to me in this land? (i.e. how is it that a Muslim is present here?)” The emissary then explained to the man that he was the emissary of ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah), sent to the ruler of Rome.

The emissary then asked the man regarding his condition and what he was doing in the land of Rome. The man replied, “I was taken prisoner from such-and-such place and brought before the Roman ruler. (When I stood before him,) he invited me to accept Christianity, but I refused. (Hearing my refusal,) he threatened, ‘If you do not do so, I will have your eyes blinded!’ I made the choice to safeguard my Deen and sacrifice my sight. Hence, he had my eyes blinded, after which he sent me to stay in this place. Everyday, he sends wheat for me to grind, and bread for me to eat.”

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The Effect of Honesty

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Monday, 09 November 2020 13:57

There was once a slave named Mubaarak (rahimahullah) who lived in the orchard of his master and worked there as well for many years.

One day, his master came to him and requested, “Bring me a sweet pomegranate.” Mubaarak (rahimahullah) went to one of the trees in the orchard and returned with a pomegranate. However, when the master split it open and tasted it, he found it to be sour. He thus became angry and rebuked Mubaarak (rahimahullah) saying, “I asked you for a sweet pomegranate, yet you brought me one that is sour? Bring me a sweet one!”

Mubaarak (rahimahullah) thus went to a second tree and cut a pomegranate. On this occasion too, however, the fruit was sour, and his master’s anger now increased. He thus sent him to bring a third pomegranate, but even the third was sour!

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Safeguarding Himself from Sin

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Monday, 26 October 2020 15:10

Khaarijah bin Mus‘ab (rahimahullah) mentions the following incident:

On one occasion, I departed for hajj, leaving my slave girl in the care of Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah).

I remained in Makkah Mukarramah for approximately four months, and upon my return, I asked Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah), “How did you find the work and character of this slave girl?” He replied, “The person who studies the Quraan Majeed and acquires the knowledge of permissible and impermissible for the (benefit of the) people (i.e. he imparts the injunctions of Deen to the people) needs to safeguard himself from falling into fitnah (sin). By Allah! From the time you left, until the time you returned, I did not look at your slave girl!”

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