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Allah’s Pleasure vs People’s Pleasure


Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 June 2022 15:34

Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who seeks the pleasure of Allah Ta‘ala through (carrying out an action which is pleasing to Allah Ta‘ala, but is) displeasing (to) people, then Allah Ta‘ala will suffice him against the difficulty of the people (i.e. the difficulty he experiences from them), and the one who seeks the pleasure of people through (carrying out an action which is pleasing to people, but is) displeasing (to) Allah Ta‘ala, Allah Ta‘ala will abandon him and leave him to the people (i.e. he will lose the divine assistance of Allah Ta‘ala and will be left at the mercy of the people).” (Sunan Tirmizi #2414)

In this blessed hadeeth, we are taught that if a believer is ever in a situation where he is forced to choose between pleasing Allah Ta‘ala at the expense of displeasing people, and pleasing people at the expense of displeasing Allah Ta‘ala, then he must ensure that he pleases Allah Ta‘ala.

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The ‘Converted’ Camel


Last Updated on Monday, 27 June 2022 15:43

In the fourth year after hijrah, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) set out on the campaign of Zaatur Riqaa’. Sayyiduna Jaabir bin ‘Abdillah (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) also accompanied Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) on this expedition. When returning to Madeenah Munawwarah, the other Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) moved ahead whilst Sayyiduna Jaabir’s (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) camel lagged behind due to weakness and fatigue.

(This became so unbearable that) at one stage Sayyiduna Jaabir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) thought that it would be better for him to abandon his camel (and walk on foot). Whilst these thoughts were running through his mind, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) approached him and said: “O Jaabir! What is wrong?” Sayyiduna Jaabir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “O Nabi of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), this camel of mine has held me back.”

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) instructed him to make the camel sit. Then Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) dismounted his camel and said, “Give me the stick that you have in your hand!” He then sprinkled some water on the camel, prodded it a few times with the stick and made du’aa. Thereafter, he instructed Sayyiduna Jaabir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to remount the camel and continue riding.

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The Element of Love


Last Updated on Saturday, 25 June 2022 13:46

Imagine a mother who comes to visit her beloved daughter after one entire year of separation. The mother makes the necessary travel arrangements and sets out with her husband, eager to be reunited with her child. As she enters her daughter’s home, she is delighted to see the dastarkhaan (the cloth placed down for eating) elaborately laid out. It is dotted with all types of fancy decorations, from flowers in full bloom to artistically-folded serviettes. The food itself smells exquisite, and its presentation is so perfect that it seems to magnetically attract her gaze. 

However, as she approaches her daughter, the young girl, unaware of her mother’s presence, utters a few words to her friend on the phone. She says, “I wish my mother never came to stay! It’s so much of work to prepare for her! As it is, I’m busy looking after the kids – and now I have to see to her as well!” On hearing these cruel words, the mother recoils in hurt and disappointment, as these words are like a hard slap to her face… 

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Child on the Verge of Death


Last Updated on Monday, 20 June 2022 09:53

(Sayyidah Zainab [radhiyallahu ‘anha] bintu Rasulillah [sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam] – Part Five)

On one occasion, Sayyidah Zainab’s (radhiyallahu ‘anha) child, Sayyidah Umaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), became so ill that she was literally on the verge of death. Sayyidah Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anha) sent a message to her father, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), requesting him to come.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) initially sent the messenger back instructing him to convey salaams to her and give her the following message, “Verily to Allah Ta‘ala alone belongs all that He gives and takes and everything has a prescribed time to remain. She should thus be patient and hope for reward (upon this calamity).”

Shortly thereafter, on the insistence of Sayyidah Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) arrived with a few Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). On arriving, he was handed the child whose breath was laboured and was making a gurgling sound similar to that of water being poured into an old water skin.   

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Conceal to be Concealed


Last Updated on Monday, 13 June 2022 16:06

Ahmad bin Mahdi (rahimahullah) (d. 272 A.H.) was an illustrious scholar of hadeeth and a great worshipper of Allah Ta‘ala. Such was his generosity and love for the ‘Ulama that he had spent three hundred thousand dirhams (silver coins) on the ‘Ulama of his time.

One night, a woman came to him in Baghdad complaining of a great misfortune that had afflicted her, and pleaded to him, “I beg you by Allah to conceal me (and not reveal this to anyone).” So he asked her, “What is this affliction (that you are referring to)?”

She explained, “I was raped and have fallen pregnant. (To avoid embarrassment and humiliation,) I told the people that you are my husband and the child that I am expecting is yours, so please do not disgrace me (by denying this). Please conceal me, Allah Ta‘ala will conceal you (in the Hereafter).”

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