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Loving the Beloveds of the Beloved

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Monday, 08 August 2022 15:20

Sayyiduna ‘Umar bin Khattaab (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) once mentioned to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), “Definitely you are more beloved to me than even my own self.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #6632) Just as Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had this intense love for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), the Ahlul Bayt (family members) of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) were also extremely dear to him. Below are two examples of this:    

Once, Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) proposed for the daughter of Sayyiduna ‘Ali and Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma), Sayyidah Ummu Kulthoom (radhiyallahu ‘anha). On receiving the proposal, Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) initially declined to accept, explaining that he had reserved his daughters for the marriage of the sons of his brother, Sayyiduna Ja’far (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) pleaded with him saying, “Marry her to me! By the oath of Allah, there is no person on the surface of the earth who will appreciate her nobility as I will.” Hearing this, Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) agreed and married her to Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) thereafter went to (a group of) the Muhaajireen (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and exclaimed in joy, “Congratulate me!” They congratulated him and enquired as to who he had married. “The daughter of ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu),” he replied. He then explained, “Verily Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, ‘Every lineage and form of relation, besides my lineage and relation, will be severed on the day of Qiyaamah.’ I had married my daughter to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and so I also wished to do this (i.e. take one of his family in my marriage).” (Al-Isaabah vol. 8, pg. 465)

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Amazing Solution for Weight-Loss!

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Saturday, 06 August 2022 07:08

The Atkins diet… Holford’s Low GL… Banting… Paleo… Weight Watchers… Sure Slim… Intermittent fasting… These are just a few of the many diets that have trended over the last few years, and every few months or so, yet another ‘revolutionary’ diet bursts onto the scene.

People’s insatiable ‘appetite’ for diets highlights the fact that amid today’s sedentary lifestyle, men and women alike are becoming increasingly health conscious, with the expectation that looking after their health will result in them enjoying a better quality of life. After all, obesity brings with it a myriad of serious problems such as diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), etc. which often prove fatal over the long term.

Nevertheless, when we examine weight loss plans, then we find that a successful weight loss plan generally consists of three elements and two stages. The three elements are; (1) cutting out foods that lead to weight increase, (2) increasing the intake of healthy, nutritious and filling foods, and (3) engaging in regular exercise. As for the two stages, then they are the weight-loss stage, followed by the maintenance stage.   

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Hurdles in the Spiritual Path

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Wednesday, 03 August 2022 10:17

Question:

Assalaamu ‘alaikum

Respected ‘Ulama

I became very Deeni-inclined about a year ago. I stopped most of the haraam practices I’d been used to and focused on meeting Allah Ta‘ala with as many virtues as possible. This last year, I mostly felt happy and motivated and content doing what I was created for, but I do get these occasional bouts of depression which I think is mainly due to the reason that I tend to compare myself with the salaf (pious predecessors) a bit too often.

I can’t help thinking about it, but I feel like my existence is so meaningless when compared with theirs. My virtues are so non-existent compared to theirs, and even if I try my very best, I can’t even begin to be like them or do what they did. This becomes rather hard to bear since the Aakhirah is my main concern right now (even then, I’m by no means a good Muslimah, and I just keep discovering how horrible I am), so I sometimes think I’ll lose in both worlds.

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Fear of the Fire

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Monday, 01 August 2022 15:10

There was once a very wealthy king who had only one daughter. He loved her very intensely and had thus made various types of entertainment available for her enjoyment. Things continued in this manner for some time.

Beside the kings palace lived a pious person who would be engaged in the worship of Allah Ta‘ala. One night, while he was reciting the Quraan Majeed, (a condition of ecstasy overcame him and) he began reciting this verse aloud,

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا قُوا أَنفُسَكُمْ وَأَهْلِيكُمْ نَارًا وَقُودُهَا النَّاسُ وَالْحِجَارَةُ

“O you who believe, save yourselves and your families from a fire, the fuel of which is human beings and stones” (Surah Tahreem v6)

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Martyrdom of Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)

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Sunday, 31 July 2022 10:36

The great hero of Islam, Sayyiduna ‘Umar bin Khattab (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was stabbed towards the end of Zul Hijjah and passed away on 1st Muharram 24 A.H.

Below is a book on the details of this very sad incident.

Click on the following link for a detailed lecture series on his life:

https://ibnumasood.co.za/umar-ra/

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