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In Love with ‘Ibaadah

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Last Updated on Friday, 23 December 2016 07:39

(Mu‘aazah bintu ‘Abdillah Al-‘Adawiyyah [rahimahallah] #1)

There once lived, in the city of Basrah, a woman by the name of Mu‘aazah bintu ‘Abdillah Al-‘Adawiyyah (rahimahallah). She was a student of Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha).

Mu‘aazah (rahimahallah) was well known for her abundant nafl ‘ibaadah. She had such love for salaah that she would perform approximately six hundred rakaats of nafl salaah daily. She was married to an illustrious Taabi‘ee named Abu Sahbaa, Silah bin Ashyam (rahimahullah). Their love for ‘ibaadah can be gauged from the fact that on their wedding night, she and her husband stood and commenced nafl salaah, and remained engaged in their salaah right until the time for Fajr Salaah dawned upon them! They thus spent their entire first night engaged in salaah.

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The Sign of Sincerity

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Last Updated on Friday, 23 December 2016 06:49

During the period in which he was the leader of the Muslim Ummah, Sayyiduna Mu‘aawiyah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) once had a peace treaty with the Romans. When the peace treaty was close to expiring, he prepared the Muslim army and began proceeding to the border of the Muslim and Roman lands. His intention was to cross the border and attack the very instant the treaty terminated. The Romans were unaware of this and would have been taken by utter surprise.

While Mu‘aawiyah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was proceeding, he suddenly saw a man on horseback shouting, “Allahu Akbar! Fulfill the pledge! Don’t deceive!” When they looked, they saw that it was the Sahaabi, ‘Amr bin ‘Abasah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). Mu‘aawiyah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) sent for him and when he arrived, he said to Mu‘aawiyah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), “I heard Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) saying, ‘The one who has a treaty or pledge with a people should neither make any change to the pledge nor break it until it either terminates or he first informs them equally.”

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A Blessed Destination

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Last Updated on Saturday, 24 December 2016 08:29

Every Muslim has the deep yearning in his heart to visit the blessed lands of Makkah Mukarramah and Madeenah Munawwarah. As Muslims, our attachment to these blessed places is so great that the mere mention of the Ka’bah Shareef and the Rowdhah Mubaarak of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is sufficient to bring tears of love to our eyes.

The sanctity and blessing of these places can be gauged by the fact that a person’s good deeds in these places are multiplied by up to a thousand times or more! On the same token, we should remember that the greater the sanctity of a place, the better our behaviour should be. If our good deeds are multiplied in these blessed places, then our sins and evil deeds are similarly multiplied. The reason for this is obvious – a person has chosen the holiest of places to violate the commands of Allah Ta‘ala.

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The Value of Du‘aa

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Last Updated on Monday, 19 December 2016 15:50

It was the habit of ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) that whenever a beggar asked her for something and made du‘aa for her (as is the habit of many beggars), together with giving the beggar whatever he had asked for, she would also return the du‘aa of the beggar. Hence someone once asked her, “Why do you give the beggar what he asks for and also make du‘aa for him?”

‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) responded, “If I give the beggar wealth and he gives me du‘aa, then what he has given me is in reality more valuable than what I gave him. Hence, I will owe him for his favour. I therefore return his du‘aa with a similar du‘aa, so that I will not be indebted to him for his du‘aa, and thereafter give him whatever he asks for. In this manner, I ensure that I receive the full reward of my sadaqah.” (Al-Mafaateeh fi Sharhil Masaabeeh vol. 2, pg. 553)

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Take a Break

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Last Updated on Saturday, 17 December 2016 08:35

The Deen of Islam is complete and perfect. Hence Islam recognizes and caters for all the needs of a human being by showing him the Islamic way of attending to and fulfilling these various needs. Eating is a basic human need. Thus Islam not only allows us to eat but also gives us guidelines and teaches us the Islamic way of eating.

Among our basic, human needs is the need to occasionally ‘take a break’. Islam is not a ‘dry’ Deen and thus allows us to take a break when needed. However, just as we adhere to the guidelines laid down by Deen when fulfilling our other needs, we should also adhere to the laws and injunctions of Deen when fulfilling this need and ensure that it is done in a manner that is approved of in Islam.

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