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The Test of Gratitude

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2016 15:59

Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that he heard Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) saying:

There were three people from the Banu Israaeel whom Allah Ta‘ala decided to test; a leper, a bald man and a blind man. Allah Ta‘ala therefore sent an angel to them.

The angel came to the leper first and asked him, “What is most beloved to you?” The leper replied, “A good complexion and good skin, as the people detest me due to this illness.” The angel thus passed his hand over the leper, causing his leprosy to be removed and resulting in him being blessed with a good complexion and good skin. The angel thereafter asked him, “Which wealth is most beloved to you?” He replied, “Camels” The angel therefore granted him ten-month pregnant she-camels and said, “May you be blessed in this wealth.”

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An Enviable End

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 November 2016 15:43

(Saintly Women around Siddeeq [Part Nine] – Wife of Qari Siddeeq [rahimahullah] #6)

The wife of Qari Siddeeq (rahimahullah) eventually passed away on Wednesday 4th August 1993.

Qari Siddeeq (rahimahullah) was engaged in teaching Bukhaari Shareef when he received the news that his wifehad become extremely ill and that her condition was critical. Qari Siddeeq (rahimahullah) immediately rushed home and on entering, found that his wife had only a few breaths left. He made salaam to her, held her legs and gestured to her to forgive him. The signs of death then became apparent and while the words ‘Allah! Allah!’ were emanating from her mouth, she departed from this world.

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Be Thankful, Not Tearful

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 November 2016 16:53

Two people were presented with a 250ml glass containing 125ml of water. When asked to describe the glass, the first person said, “It’s half full.” The second person, on the other hand, described it saying, “It’s half empty.”

While both descriptions may technically be correct, the different descriptions serve to highlight the stark contrast between the mindset of the two people. The first person has a positive mindset, while the second has a negative mindset. A person’s mindset is such an important element that if the correct mindset is created, literally half the battle against depression will be won.

In future, if we are ever beset by negative thoughts, turn our minds and hearts to the infinite favours of Allah Ta‘ala.

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The Ultimate Immune Booster

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 November 2016 16:49

‘Ataa’ Sulami (rahimahullah) narrates the following:

I was once passing through the alleys of Kufah when I saw ‘Alyaan laughing at a doctor. As it was well known that ‘Alyaan never laughed, I became intrigued and drew closer. As I approached, I asked him why he was laughing. ‘Alyaan replied, “I am laughing at this doctor who is treating the illnesses of others, despite the fact that he is himself fatally ill.” Hearing this, I asked ‘Alyaan, “Do you know of any medication that can save him from his illness?” “Yes!” he replied, “I know of a medication which is such that if it is administered to him, I hope that he will recover.” “What is the formula of this medication?” I prompted. On my request, ‘Alyaan proceeded to prescribe the following:

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Selflessness and Submission

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 November 2016 15:59

(Saintly Women around Siddeeq [Part Eight] – Wife of Qari Siddeeq [rahimahullah] #5)

The wife of Qari Siddeeq (rahimahullah) truly possessed the qualities of submission and humility. Hence the manner in which she served and obeyed her husband was nothing less than outstanding.

Despite hailing from a very affluent family and being raised in the lap of comfort, after marrying Qari Siddeeq (rahimahullah), she adapted to the conditions prevalent in his home and went out of her way to see to his needs and comfort, even sacrificing her own comfort in the process.

Qari Siddeeq (rahimahullah) would often receive guests. His wife would prepare the food for the guests and as far as possible she would never suffice on preparing merely one dish. For many years, she saw to the needs of the guests entirely on her own. It was only later on, when her daughters were now old enough to assist her, that she would get them to help her in the kitchen, thereby training them as well.

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