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Love from Above​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2019 09:17

Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Indeed when Allah Ta‘ala loves a servant (due to the servant continuously striving to please Allah Ta‘ala and earn His love), then Allah Ta‘ala calls Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) and says, “Indeed I love so-and-so, so you love him.” Thus, Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) also loves this person. Thereafter, Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) announces in the sky, “Indeed Allah Ta‘ala loves so-and-so, so love him.” Hence, the inhabitants of the sky love him, after which acceptance (and love) is placed for him in the hearts of the inhabitants of the earth. (Saheeh Bukhaari #7485)

People, by nature, have the need to feel accepted, loved and wanted. It is this same need which drives certain people to post details of their lives on social media, as they hope to attract admiration and love. Hence, it is no wonder that for such people, it is all about acquiring as many ‘likes’ as you can, as a ‘like’ is taken as a sign of acceptance and love.

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The First Covered Bier in Islam​

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Last Updated on Monday, 07 October 2019 15:53

(Sayyidah Asmaa bintu ‘Umais [radhiyallahu ‘anha] – Part Two)

Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), the blessed daughter of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), and Sayyidah Asmaa bintu ‘Umais (radhiyallahu ‘anha) were sisters-in-law, as both of them were married to two brothers; Sayyiduna ‘Ali bin Abi Taalib and Sayyiduna Ja’far bin Abi Taalib (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) respectively.

Shortly before she passed away, Sayyidah Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) mentioned to Sayyidah Asmaa bintu ‘Umais (radhiyallahu ‘anha), who was in the marriage of Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) at that time, “O Asmaa! I do not like what is done with a woman’s body (when she passes away and her body is being taken for burial, as merely) a cloth is placed on her body which allows her body shape to be seen.”

Sayyidah Asmaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha) replied, “O daughter of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! Shall I not show you something which I saw in the land of Abyssinia?” Saying so, she called for some fresh, moist palm leaves to be brought. When they were brought, she shaped them (into a funeral bier). Thereafter, she draped a cloth over the bier (and due to the frame, the cloth would not lie directly on the woman’s body, thus not allowing the shape to be seen). 

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Outgrowing Excuses​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2019 08:38

Adversities, difficulties and calamities are part and parcel of life, as it is only in Jannah that a person will enjoy perpetual, uninterrupted happiness and joy. Hence, every person faces challenges and obstacles. The question is, “HOW do we react and respond to these adversities?”

While some adversities really are very difficult to overcome and have a major impact on one’s life, there are certain people who, at the very first instance, latch onto any and every difficulty as their convenient excuse to avoid all accountability and responsibility. In this regard, it is obvious that there will never be a shortage of excuses in one’s life. Hence, if a person adopts this mindset and attitude, he will NEVER ever progress, as he is content to stagnate and blame his lack of progress on some excuse or another. Such a person always has a ‘headache’, or ‘backache’, or is ‘not feeling well’, or is ‘feeling depressed’, etc.

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Precaution in Public Wealth​

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Last Updated on Monday, 30 September 2019 16:34

The precaution which Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) exercised when dealing with public wealth was indeed proverbial. Below are just two of the many incidents which illustrate this invaluable quality that he possessed: 

On one occasion, some musk and ambergris (a type of perfume) arrived from Bahrain. (As it was public wealth,) Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said, “By Allah! I wish to find a woman who is proficient at weighing items so that she can weigh these perfumes for me, enabling me to distribute them equally between the Muslims.”

Hearing this, Sayyidah ‘Aatikah bintu Zaid (radhiyallahu ‘anha), the respected wife of Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), offered to weigh it for him saying, “I am proficient at weighing. Bring it and I will weigh it for you.” However, Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) declined her offer.

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Blessed with the Best​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2019 09:03

(Sayyidah Asmaa bintu ‘Umais [radhiyallahu ‘anha] – Part One)

Every woman would love to be married to the ‘dream’ husband. In this regard, there was one Sahaabiyyah who was privileged to have been in the nikaah of not one, but three of the best husbands of this Ummah (two of whom were from the four Khulafaa). This was none other than Sayyidah Asmaa bintu ‘Umais (radhiyallahu ‘anha).

She was initially married to Sayyiduna Ja’far bin Abi Taalib (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the cousin of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and elder brother of Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) by ten years. She bore him three sons viz. ‘Abdullah, Muhammad and ‘Awn (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), and remained in his nikaah until she was widowed with his martyrdom in the Battle of Mutah.

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