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Big People have Big Hearts

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Monday, 16 May 2022 09:26

Sayyiduna Waa-il bin Hujr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was one of the chiefs of Hadhramaut in Yemen and his father was a king of that area as well. When he came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) welcomed him, honoured him and made du‘aa of barakah (blessings) for him, his children and grandchildren.

When he was returning to Hadhramaut, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) sent Sayyiduna Mu‘aawiyah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) with him to demarcate a piece of land for him. Sayyiduna Waa-il (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was riding his camel while Sayyiduna Mu‘aawiyah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was walking.

When Sayyiduna Mu‘aawiyah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) complained to him of the heat of the ground (burning his feet), Sayyiduna Waa-il (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said to him, “Walk in the shade of my camel.” Sayyiduna Mu‘aawiyah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) responded, “How will that help me? Why don’t you allow me to ride behind you (on your camel)?” (Having newly accepted Islam and therefore not having yet learnt the correct akhlaaq and etiquette, and furthermore coming from a royal background,) Sayyiduna Waa-il (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) answered, “Keep quiet, you are not worthy of riding behind kings.”

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A Selfless Soul

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Monday, 02 May 2022 10:17

Once, during the occasion of hajj, two great luminaries, Ebrahim bin Ad-ham and Shaqeeq Balkhi (rahimahumallah), met in the Haram of Makkah Mukarramah. During this momentous meeting, Ebrahim bin Ad-ham (rahimahullah) posed the following question to Shaqeeq (rahimahullah), “What do you regard as the foundation (of your path of piety)?”

Shaqeeq (rahimahullah) replied: “Our foundation (of piety) is that if we are blessed with food, we partake (of it), and if we do are not blessed with food, then we are patient.” Ebrahim bin Ad-ham (rahimahullah) responded, “(This is no achievement, as) the dogs of Balkh do the same (i.e. if they find something to eat, they will eat and if they do not find anything then they are patient).”  

Shaqeeq Balkhi (rahimahullah) thereafter asked Ebrahim bin Ad-ham (rahimahullah), “Then what do you regard as the foundation (of your path of piety)?” He replied, “If we are blessed with food, then we give preference (to others, by feeding them first before filling our own bellies), and if we are not blessed with food, we are grateful and praise Allah Ta‘ala.” After hearing this reply, Shaqeeq (rahimahullah) stood up and sat (with utmost respect) in front of Ebrahim bin Ad-ham (rahimahullah) saying, “You are our teacher”. (Hilyatul Awliyaa vol. 6, pg. 274)   

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Salaah of Those who Constantly Turn to Allah Ta‘ala

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Wednesday, 27 April 2022 08:37

(Series on Nafl Salaahs #5 – Awwaabeen Salaah)

Awwaabeen Salaah is a nafl salaah that is performed after the Maghrib Salaah. The word ‘Awwaab’, in the Arabic language, refers to one who constantly turns to Allah Ta‘ala.

In the hadeeth, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) himself had referred to this salaah as Salaatul Awwaabeen. Muhammad bin Munkadir (rahimahullah) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who performs salaah between Maghrib and ‘Esha – that (salaah) is Salaatul Awwaabeen (the salaah of those who constantly turn to Allah Ta‘ala).” (Mukhtasar Qiyaamul Layl pg. 88)

At the time of performing Awwaabeen Salaah, one may perform two rakaats, four rakaats or six rakaats with the intention of Awwaabeen. If one wishes, one may also perform more than six rakaats.

In regard to the reward of punctually performing four rakaats of Awwaabeen Salaah, it is reported that Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) mentioned, “The one who punctually performs four rakaats (of Awwaabeen) after Maghrib is like the one (who remains perpetually engaged in jihaad,) fighting one battle after the other.” (Kitaabuz Zuhd libnil Mubaarak #1262)

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Committed to the Spouse

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Sunday, 24 April 2022 13:40

(Sayyidah Zainab [radhiyallahu ‘anha] bintu Rasulillah [sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam] – Part Two)

Sayyiduna Abul ‘Aas bin Rabee’ (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was among those men in Makkah Mukarramah who were known for their wealth, trustworthiness, and business skills. He was the son of Sayyidah Haalah bintu Khuwailid (radhiyallahu ‘anha), the sister of Sayyidah Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha). Sayyidah Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) loved this nephew of hers as her own son. She thus asked Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) if he would marry their daughter, Sayyidah Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anha), to him. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) agreed and married Sayyidah Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anha) to Sayyiduna Abul ‘Aas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). 

When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) became the Nabi, his respected wife and beloved daughters all accepted Islam. The husband of Sayyidah Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anha), Sayyiduna Abul ‘Aas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), however, remained on his religion. Being the early years of Islam, it was still permissible for a Muslim woman to be in the marriage of a non-Muslim man.  

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Daily Sadaqah

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Wednesday, 20 April 2022 08:10

(Series on Nafl Salaahs #4 – Salaatud Dhuha)

Salaatud Dhuha, commonly known as Chaasht Namaaz, is among the various nafl salaahs which have been mentioned in the blessed hadeeth.

The time of Salaatud Dhuha commences from after sunrise (i.e. after fifteen to twenty minutes from sunrise) until zawaal. However, it is better to perform Salaatud Dhuha in the second half of this time. One may perform between two and twelve rakaats for Salaatud Dhuha.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned that every morning, sadaqah must be given on behalf of the joints of the body. Since there are approximately 360 joints in the human body, one may wonder how he will manage to give sadaqah on behalf of all these joints on a daily basis. However, the method is very easy and is affordable for one and all. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Every ‘subhaanallah’ is a sadaqah, every ‘alhamdulillah’ is a sadaqah, every ‘la ilaaha illallah’ is a sadaqah, every ‘Allahu Akbar’ is a sadaqah, enjoining good is a sadaqah, and preventing from evil is a sadaqah.” Finally, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Performing two rakaats of Salaatud Dhuha will suffice for all of that (i.e. it will suffice as sadaqah on behalf of all the joints in the body).” (Saheeh Muslim #1671)

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