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The True ‘Eid

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 09:04

A group of people once passed by a monk in a monastery. Seeing him, they enquired, “When do the people of this monastery celebrate ‘Eid?” The monk replied, “On the day that they are forgiven.”

The monk then recited the following:

لَيْسَ الْعِيْدُ لِمَنْ لَبِسَ الْجَدِيْدْ ، إِنَّمَا الْعِيْدُ لِمَنْ طَاعَاتُهُ تَزِيْدْ

‘Eid is not for those who merely wear new clothing. ‘Eid is actually for those whose good deeds increase.

لَيَسْ الْعِيْدُ لِمَنْ تَجَمَّلَ بِاللِّبَاسِ وَالرُّكُوْبْ ، إِنَّمَا الْعِيْدُ لِمَنْ غُفِرَتْ لَهُ الذُّنُوْبْ

 ‘Eid is not for those who merely beautify themselves by wearing attractive clothing and riding on exotic conveyances. ‘Eid is actually for those whose sins have been forgiven.

(Lataaiful Ma‘aarif pg. 483)

Annually, the day of ‘Eid is eagerly anticipated by the Muslim Ummah and is viewed as an occasion of happiness and rejoicing. However, how many people spend their Ramadhaan in such a manner that they actually have something to celebrate? If the Ramadhaan was profitable, by them earning the mercy and forgiveness of Allah Ta‘ala and changing their lives, then this is definitely one of the greatest blessings that one can rejoice over.

If we have not appreciated this blessed month as we ought to have done, then it is still not too late. There are still a few invaluable moments remaining which we can use to turn to Allah Ta‘ala and seek His forgiveness. If we do so, there is hope that Allah Ta‘ala will shower His mercy on us and also include us among those who gained His mercy in this month. 

   

Safety in Silence

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 12:25

(Tie the Tongue Series – Part 4)

The blessed speech of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is a miracle, with his every statement brimming with wisdom and meaning. From the treasure of hadeeth, just one example of the profound speech of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is when he said, “He who is silent is safe.” (Sunan Tirmizi #2501)

If we ponder, we will realize that the majority of our quarrels, arguments, fall-outs with friends and problems in general were linked to the misuse of the tongue. Often, a statement is made in innocence and no harm is meant, yet the words are received badly, causing great offence and pain. We thus realize that ‘I did not mean to hurt’ is not enough. Rather, we should ask ourselves ‘did I mean not to hurt’?

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Household of Tahajjud

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 12:39

‘Aamir bin Aslam Al-Baahili (rahimahullah) narrates the following from his father:

We had a neighbour, in our locality, whose name was Hunaidah (rahimahallah). After a third or half the night had passed, she would stand and awaken her husband, children and servants saying, “Stand, perform wudhu and engage in salaah! You will soon be pleased with (and appreciate) what I am saying!” In this manner, Hunaidah (rahimahallah) continued to awaken them for Tahajjud Salaah until she passed away.

After she passed away, her husband had a dream one night in which he was told, “If you wish to join her in Jannah then continue to carry out her action among her household (of awaking the household for Tahajjud).” After seeing this dream, her husband began to awaken the household, as his late wife would do, until he passed away as well.

After his demise, his eldest son had a dream in which he was told, “If you wish to join your parents in their rank in Jannah then continue their action among their household (of awaking the household for Tahajjud).” The eldest son thus began to awaken the household, as his parents would do, until he passed away.

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Truth or Lie …?

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 12:16

(Tie the Tongue Series – Part 3)

“LIAR!” – From all the accusations that could be leveled against a person, this is definitely among the worst. This word is not a mere accusation – it is a sword that slices through one’s integrity, honesty and truthfulness, leaving them no more. Once a person is branded a liar, people are reluctant to trust him and view him with suspicion. In short – he loses all honour and respect.

Lying is a very dangerous habit as it has a ‘snowball’ effect. If a person makes a snowball and rolls it down a hill, then as the snowball progresses downward, it gathers more snow, growing in size, until it becomes too big to control. Similarly, when a person speaks a lie, he sparks off a chain reaction. In order to cover-up for the first lie, he will be forced to speak a second lie, and then a third, and so on, until he is eventually caught and the entire chain of lies is revealed. 

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Pleasant in Speech

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 12:16

(Tie the Tongue Series – Part 2)

Did you ever see a wealthy person emerge from the business-class lounge empty handed? Similarly, did you ever see a wealthy person decline when offered a free gift with a purchase? The answer is that most wealthy people, as well-off as they may be, will take something when leaving the business-class lounge (even if it’s just Voss water) and will never decline the chance to get something for nothing. The reason for this is simple – one will benefit at a 0% or minimum cost.

This very same mindset should be applied in our Deen. We should try to identify the areas where we can easily benefit and gain as the effort and cost is minimal. In this regard, one of the most ‘profitable’ avenues is that of pleasing people. ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Indeed (among) the most beloved of actions to Allah Ta‘ala after fulfilling the faraaidh (obligatory acts of Deen) is bringing happiness to a Muslim.” (Tabraani – Majma‘uz Zawaaid #13718)

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