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Every Cloud has a Silver Lining

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Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2020 08:39

There was once a pious man, living (with his family) in the wilderness. They had a dog, donkey and rooster. The rooster would awake them for salaah, the donkey would be used to carry their water and grain etc., and the dog would guard and protect them.

One day, a fox arrived and snatched away the rooster, causing his family to grieve over its loss. However, since the man was a pious man, his response was, “Perhaps there is some good in what transpired.”

After some time had passed, a wolf arrived and attacked the donkey, splitting open its belly and killing it. They grieved over the loss of the donkey, but the pious man once again responded saying, “Perhaps there is some good in what transpired.”

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Lockdown!

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Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2020 10:55

With the lockdown commencing tonight at 23:59:59 (midnight), people around the country have made various preparations to see them through the next 21 days comfortably. Foremost in their list of preparations are the obvious essential items such as groceries and medication. However, now that we are prepared to remain at home for three weeks, the question on people’s minds is, “What are we going to do at home? How will we keep our children occupied?”

Some people feel that this is the ideal time to ‘spring clean’, or attend to the odds and ends around the house that are sometimes neglected. Others are simply at a loss, not knowing how to spend their time now that their usual schedule has been brought to a screeching halt. However, there is a third category of people who plan to spend this period ‘catching up’ on their favourite shows and series. Their preparation for the lockdown has been to ensure that their Netflix subscription is paid, or they have sufficient data, as they intend to spend the next 21 days glued to the screen, drowning in a world of fiction and falsehood.

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Grateful before the Giver

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Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2020 13:38

Abu Bilaal Al-Aswad recounts the following:

I once set out on the journey of hajj. After traveling some distance, I encountered a woman who had neither a conveyance to ride nor a utensil to use. I asked her, “Where are you from?” She replied, “I am from the land of Balkh.”

I then remarked to her, “I see that you neither have any provisions, nor a utensil in which you can carry provisions.” She responded, “When I departed from Balkh, I had ten dirhams with me. I still have some of that amount with me.” Hearing this, I asked her, “What will you do when the money is depleted?” She replied, “This cloak that I am wearing is extra. I will sell it, and then use the money to buy a cheaper cloak. I will then use the surplus money to see to my needs.”

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The Cycle of Life

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Last Updated on Sunday, 15 March 2020 10:29

Once, some people came to Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and said, “O Ameerul Mu-mineen! We have an Imaam who is a youngster and leads us in the ‘Asr Salaah. After he completes leading the salaah, he recites some couplets of poetry.” Hearing this, Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said, “Take me to him.”

They thus proceeded with Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to meet the youngster. When they arrived at his home and knocked on the door, he emerged and asked, “O Ameerul Mu-mineen! What has brought you here?” Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “I have received a bad report regarding you – you are reciting couplets after the salaah!” The youngster responded, “The couplets are words of advice which I recite as a reminder to myself.”

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A Partner to Paradise

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Last Updated on Monday, 09 March 2020 16:21

Riyaah bin ‘Amr Al-Qaisi (rahimahullah) was a student of the renowned saint, Maalik bin Dinaar (rahimahullah). He possessed such fear of Allah Ta‘ala that he once said, “I have committed more than forty sins, for every one of these sins, I have recited istighfaar one hundred thousand times.”

Riyaah was blessed to have married an exceedingly pious woman. On the first morning which he spent with his bride, she began kneading dough (to prepare bread). Observing this, he said, “Why don’t you look for a woman to do this work for you?” She immediately (declined and) said, “The man I married is Riyaah Al-Qaisi (rahimahullah) (i.e. a man known for piety). I do not think that I have married an obstinate tyrant (i.e. a man hankering after servants and the world).”

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