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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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Blessing in Disguise

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 September 2017 16:28

As young children, many of us were dragged to the dentist. Once at the surgery, despite our protests, we were seated on the chair and made to open our mouths, after which the dentist carried out ‘unspeakable atrocities’ against us. Scaling, polishing, filling and worst of all – injecting and extracting – are some of the horrors that we were made to undergo. To our disappointment and dismay, our emphatic appeals to our parents to bring an end to the torture simply fell on deaf ears, and they even went as far as to side with the dentist, scolding us and telling us to sit still! To add insult to injury, while we nursed our wounds, they thanked the ‘torturer’ and paid him handsomely for what he had done!

Now, as adults, we look back, in retrospect, and realize that the dentist was actually a blessing in disguise. Had he not treated us, we would have probably lost some of our teeth – a loss that would have plagued us for the rest of our lives. Thus, although we did not understand it at the time, the difficulty that we suffered was actually for the best.

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Engrossed in ‘Ibaadah

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Last Updated on Saturday, 23 September 2017 06:14

(Hafsah bintu Seereen [rahimahallah] – Part One)

Hafsah bintu Seereen (rahimahallah) was a Taabi‘iyyah (one who had seen the Sahaabah [radhiyallahu ‘anhum]). Her siblings were Muhammad bin Seereen (the renowned hadeeth scholar and interpreter of dreams), Yahya, Kareemah and Ummu Sulaim (rahimahumullah).

Hafsah (rahimahallah) had memorized the Quraan Majeed at the age of twelve. She would enter the musjid of her home (the portion of her home dedicated to salaah and ‘ibaadah) before the Zuhr Salaah. There she would remain, engaged in ‘ibaadah, until she had performed the ‘Asr Salaah, the Maghrib Salaah and even the ‘Esha Salaah. After performing the ‘Esha Salaah, she would further remain in her musjid, engaged in ‘ibaadah, until the Fajr Salaah. Even after she had performed the Fajr Salaah, she would not leave her musjid, but would remain engaged in ‘ibaadah until the time of the Dhuha Salaah (chaasht). It was only after she had performed the Dhuha Salaah that she would leave her musjid, in order to sleep, see to her needs and perform wudhu. At the time of Zuhr, she would once again enter her musjid for ‘ibaadah. This was her habit for approximately thirty years.

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Sincerity of the Seniors

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 September 2017 16:11

Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahimahullah), the reviver of the effort of tableegh, was once invited to a tableeghi gathering in Muzaffarnagar. On arrival in Muzaffarnagar, he observed that the people who invited him had brought elephants to the station as they wished to form a ‘procession’ to escort him to the gathering. Moulana Ilyaas (rahimahullah) objected and explained that traveling in this manner was against the fundamental principles of the effort of tableegh. Hence, Moulana (rahimahullah) sat in an ordinary horse carriage and reached his residence.

As planned, the tableeghi gathering commenced, only for Moulana Ilyaas (rahimahullah) to learn, shortly after, that Moulana Sayyid Husain Ahmad Madani (rahimahullah) was delivering a lecture in another gathering nearby. Moulana Ilyaas (rahimahullah) immediately cancelled his lecture and instructed those present saying, “Moulana Madani (rahimahullah) has come. Everybody should go to that gathering and listen to his lecture.”

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