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Concrete Conviction

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Monday, 18 October 2021 15:25

The famous Seljuk ruler, Sultaan Noorud Deen Zangi (rahimahullah), had a son named Ismaa‘eel. Ismaa‘eel was a pious and intelligent youngster who was greatly loved by the people of Halab (Aleppo). During the month of Rajab in the year 577 A.H., Ismaa‘eel fell ill with colitis. This illness led to his demise that very year, and he passed away at the tender age of nineteen.

It is mentioned that when he was suffering from his illness, the physicians who were treating him prescribed a small amount of wine as his medication. However, he refused to take the wine saying, “I cannot take it until I first consult the Fuqahaa (jurists).”

He thus referred the mas-alah to certain ‘Ulama who told him that it was permissible (as there was no halaal alternative, and the condition was life-threatening). However, he was still reluctant.

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The Iron Wall

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Saturday, 16 October 2021 08:12

Imaam Muhammad bin Seereen (rahimahullah) was a student of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). He was a very pious man and was a very great ‘Aalim of Deen.

Once, he was travelling with a group of people when they came to a river. As they came to the river, they decided that it was a nice place to make their camp and spend the night. However, as they were setting up their tents and getting their camp ready, some people came to them and said, “Don’t make your camp here! You should rather go further on and make your camp somewhere else! The reason why we are saying this is that all the people who stop here and camp here end up getting robbed!”

As soon as the people heard that, they packed up their tents and left, as they were all afraid of being robbed. However, Imaam Muhammad bin Seereen (rahimahullah) decided to stay where he was. He was not afraid of being robbed or harmed in any way because he was going to read some verses of the Quraan Majeed which would bring the special protection of Allah Ta‘ala.

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Turn to Allah Alone for Guidance and Help

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Thursday, 14 October 2021 08:54

يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓا۟ إِن تُطِيعُوا۟ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ يَرُدُّوكُمْ عَلَىٰٓ أَعْقَٰبِكُمْ فَتَنقَلِبُوا۟ خَٰسِرِينَ ﴿١٤٩﴾‏ بَلِ ٱللَّهُ مَوْلَىٰكُمْ ۖ وَهُوَ خَيْرُ ٱلنَّٰصِرِينَ ﴿١٥٠﴾‏ سَنُلْقِى فِى قُلُوبِ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ ٱلرُّعْبَ بِمَآ أَشْرَكُوا۟ بِٱللَّهِ مَا لَمْ يُنَزِّلْ بِهِۦ سُلْطَٰنًا ۖ وَمَأْوَىٰهُمُ ٱلنَّارُ ۚ وَبِئْسَ مَثْوَى ٱلظَّٰلِمِينَ ﴿١٥١﴾​

O you who have believed, if you obey (and listen to) those who disbelieve, they will turn you back (from Islam) on your heels, and you will (then) become losers. Instead, Allah is your Protector, and He is the best of all helpers. We shall put awe into the hearts of those who disbelieve, since they have associated with Allah something for which He has not sent any authority. Their ultimate place is the fire (of Jahannum); and evil is the abode of the unjust. (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v149-151)

During the Battle of Uhud, the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) suffered a temporary defeat in which many of them were martyred. The munaafiqeen (hypocrites) seized this opportunity to sow the seeds of mischief. They came to the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and told them that had their Deen been the true Deen, they would not have suffered these losses. They then told the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) that they should return to idol-worship, as this would restore peace with the people of Makkah Mukarramah and would solve their problems.

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Special Passion for Sadaqah

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Monday, 11 October 2021 15:20

(Sayyidah Asmaa bintu Abi Bakr [radhiyallahu ‘anhuma] – Part Five)

Among the many praiseworthy qualities with which Sayyidah Asmaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was blessed by Allah Ta‘ala was her extraordinary passion for spending in charity.  

As previously mentioned, Sayyidah Asmaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was not residing in a home of affluence and wealth. Rather, there was some financial difficulty in the home, to the extent that she did not have a servant and had to personally carry out the difficult chores.

Nevertheless, despite not possessing abundant wealth, it was still her heart’s desire to spend in charity. Hence, she once enquired from Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! I do not possess any wealth besides that which Sayyiduna Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) gives me (for my personal needs). Should I spend in charity?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “Spend in charity, and do not hold back, lest wealth be held back from you (i.e. if you do not hold back from spending your wealth on the poor, then Allah Ta‘ala will not hold back and will bestow you with wealth as well).” (Saheeh Bukhaari #2590)

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The Islam of Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)

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Saturday, 09 October 2021 08:33

After the household of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) accepted Islam, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) began to invite his close friends to accept Islam.

From all his friends, the first person who Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) invited to Islam was Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhyallahu ‘anhu) was a very close friend of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), as they had been friends from the time when they were young children.

When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) invited Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to accept Islam, he did not hesitate or have any doubt. Rather, he immediately accepted the invitation and brought imaan.

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