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Intellect over Instinct

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 April 2017 18:39

Every person has within him basic instincts which subconsciously, without him realizing, influence him and compel him to behave in a certain way. However, together with these basic instincts is another force – the human intellect – that understands what Allah Ta‘ala wants from us. At times, these two forces will clash, and it is us who decide which force will ultimately prevail and forge the course of our actions.

When seeing a strange person who is attractive, our instinct may urge us to raise our gaze and stare to our fill. However, our intellect understands that this is against the law of Allah Ta‘ala and thus urges us to ignore our lowly urge and behave intelligently by lowering our gaze.

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The Reality of Death

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 15:43

Just as our sustenance, down to the last morsel, has been decreed long before our birth, our life, down to the last breath, has been similarly decreed. Hence, we have a limited amount of breaths to take, and, with every breath, we draw nearer and nearer to our death.

Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) has described the reality of death and our limited breath in the following verses:

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Ultimate Investment

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Last Updated on Monday, 17 April 2017 09:29

(The Life of Ummu Sulaim [radhiyallahu ‘anha] #3)

As seen previously, Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) had great concern for the Deen of her son, Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). It was on account of this concern that she had risked the wrath of her husband and made her son recite the kalimah, entering him into the fold of Islam.

It was this same motherly concern for the Deen and upbringing of her son that prompted Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) to take Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), when Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was still a young boy of ten years, and ask Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to accept him as a khaadim (special attendant).

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From the Horse’s Mouth

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Last Updated on Monday, 03 April 2017 09:00

‘Amr bin ‘Aas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates the following:

An army of the Muslims, over whom I was appointed as leader, once set out to fight in the path of Allah Ta‘ala. We continued to travel until we came to the city of Alexandria. On reaching Alexandria, the leader of the city announced to us, “Send someone from your army to me so that I may converse with him.” When I heard this request, I immediately said, “Nobody but I will go to him.” I thus emerged from the camp and went to meet him. With me was a translator, and the city leader had a translator with him as well. Two pulpits were placed for us and we thus sat. The following dialogue then ensued:

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Allah Over All Else

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Last Updated on Monday, 10 April 2017 15:55

(The Life of Ummu Sulaim [radhiyallahu ‘anha] #2)

Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was initially married to Maalik bin Nadhr, and it was from this union that Anas bin Maalik (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was born. They were from the Ansaar and thus resided in Madeenah Munawwarah.

When Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) heard of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and his message of Islam, her husband was away from home. Nevertheless, she immediately accepted Islam. When Maalik, her husband, returned home and realized that she had become a Muslim, he asked her, “Have you become a renegade?” Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) replied, “I am not a renegade. Rather, I have brought imaan in Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).”

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