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Overcoming Calamity

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Last Updated on Monday, 23 October 2017 09:40

(Hafsah bintu Seereen [rahimahallah] – Part Three)

Hafsah bintu Seereen (rahimahallah) had a son named Huzail. He was very obedient to her and would serve her with great care and love. The extent to which he went in ensuring her comfort can be gauged from the fact that he would not bring ordinary firewood to her home. Instead, he would break cane during the summer and leave it to dry until winter. When winter set in, he would burn the dried cane in her home to warm her. The reason for burning dried cane is that it produced very little smoke. Huzail did not want the smoke of the fire to disturb his mother, and so he ‘went the extra mile’ to try and bring his mother comfort.

Additionally, he would not simply milk the camel and give her the milk to drink. Rather, he would leave the milk in the udders of the camel overnight, only milking it the following morning. After milking the camel, he would present the milk to his mother saying, “Drink, O mother of Huzail, as the best milk is that which remains in the udders overnight.”

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Constant Concern for Salaah

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Last Updated on Monday, 16 October 2017 16:04

(Lessons from the Final Moments of ‘Umar [radhiyallahu ‘anhu] – Part Two)

On the night that ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was stabbed, Miswar bin Makhramah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) came to see him. On entering, he found ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) covered with a sheet (and unconscious). Miswar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) asked those present, “How is he?” They replied, “He is as you can see (unconscious).”

Miswar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) thus advised them, “Wake him up by calling him for salaah, as there is nothing that you can awaken him for that is more urgent and important to him than salaah.” Accepting this suggestion, they called out, “Salaah, O Ameerul Mu-mineen!” As soon as they did this, ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) awoke and exclaimed, “Yes! By Allah! There is no share in Islam for the one who neglects salaah!” ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) thereafter performed his salaah while blood flowed from his wound. (Tabraani – Majma‘uz Zawaaid #1659)

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Raise not the Niqaab

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Last Updated on Monday, 09 October 2017 16:02

(Hafsah bintu Seereen [rahimahallah] – Part Two)

‘Aasim Al-Ahwal (rahimahullah), a renowned narrator of hadeeth, mentions the following:

We would go to Hafsah bintu Seereen (rahimahallah) (to learn hadeeth). Whenever we would go to her, she would use her jilbaab to cover her face as a niqaab. We once said to her, “May Allah Ta‘ala have mercy on you! Allah Ta‘ala has mentioned in the Quraan Majeed:

وَالْقَوَاعِدُ مِنَ النِّسَاءِ اللَّاتِي لَا يَرْجُونَ نِكَاحًا فَلَيْسَ عَلَيْهِنَّ جُنَاحٌ أَن يَضَعْنَ ثِيَابَهُنَّ غَيْرَ مُتَبَرِّجَاتٍ بِزِينَةٍ 

And the elderly women who are past the prospect of marriage, there is no blame on them if they lay aside their (outer) garments, provided they do not make a display of their beauty. (Surah Noor v60)

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The Concept of Consequence

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 October 2017 15:32

If every person in this world was free to do exactly as he pleased without any law and order, wholesale havoc and mayhem would prevail. Imagine if ownership was not respected and each person was allowed to snatch whatever he wished from the next person, or if life was not respected and people were free to kill each other if they so wished, what would be the situation??? Such a world would undoubtedly be unliveable and unmanageable.

In order to maintain law and order two systems are generally used, both of which revolve around the concept of facing consequences. These are the systems of punishment and incentive. Through these two systems discipline is engendered and maintained.

If there is only punishment, there will be no motivation to excel and progress. Also, one will become despondent and depressed, eventually leading to rebellion or cracking mentally. If there is only reward, there will be nothing to restrain a person from falling into evil and vice.

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Anxious until the End

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Last Updated on Monday, 02 October 2017 15:48

(Lessons from the Final Moments of ‘Umar [radhiyallahu ‘anhu] – Part One)

‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) would make the following du‘aa, “O Allah! bless me with martyrdom in Your path, and make my demise be in the city of Your Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).” (Saheeh Bukhaari #1890)

Allah Ta‘ala accepted this du‘aa of ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). Hence, one morning, while leading the congregation in the Fajr Salaah, he was attacked and fatally stabbed. Despite the wounds being fatal, ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) did not pass away immediately, but rather lived for a few more days after which he departed from this world.

During this period, a youngster visited ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and said, “O Ameerul Mumineen! Rejoice over glad tidings from Allah! You are the Sahaabi of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), you accepted Islam in the very early stages, you were thereafter appointed as the khaleefah and exercised justice, and you will shortly pass away a martyr!”

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