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Beyond the Call of Duty​

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Last Updated on Monday, 06 May 2019 11:46

During the year 2 A.H., Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) received information that a trade caravan, under the leadership of Abu Sufyaan (who was not yet a Muslim at the time), was returning from Syria to Makkah Mukarramah. Since the Muslims and the Quraish were at war with one another, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) announced his intention to attack the caravan.

The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) immediately responded and prepared to set out. As the trade caravan comprised of a meagre thirty to forty men, just 313 Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) set out with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Furthermore, they did not prepare for a full-scale war as they did not expect to encounter considerable resistance from the small caravan. Hence, their weapons and even their conveyances were few in number.

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Surah Yaseen​

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Last Updated on Sunday, 28 April 2019 08:03

(Four Surahs’ Series – Part One)

Surah Yaseen is indeed a unique surah, as it has been termed the ‘heart’ of the Quraan Majeed. Furthermore, reciting it once equals the reward of reciting the Quraan Majeed ten times. (Sunan Tirmizi #2887)

The importance of this surah, in the life of every believer, can be gauged by the fact that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) expressed his desire for every Muslim to memorise this surah mentioning, “I wish that it (Surah Yaseen) be in the heart of every individual of my Ummah.” (Bazzaar - Kashful Astaar #2305)

Some of the virtues and benefits for reciting Surah Yaseen are:

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​The Four Surahs

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Last Updated on Saturday, 27 April 2019 19:17

(Four Surahs’ Series – Introduction)

“BOOOOOM!!!” It was an explosion of unimaginable proportions and far reaching consequences. It was not a bomb explosion, but a far more powerful explosion – an information explosion.

Today, there is no shortage of literature and reading material. Whether in hard copy (novels, newspapers, magazines, etc.) or soft copy (eBooks, PDF’s, websites, blogs, etc.), we are ‘up to our ears’ in literature. If it is not reading literature that takes our time, it could be listening to nasheeds, or clips, or anything else that we enjoy.

The point, however, is that the more these things increase in abundance, the more we ‘connect’ with them. While some of these things may be beneficial (e.g. listening to a bayaan clip), ‘connecting’ with them has, in most cases, caused us to ‘disconnect’ from the Quraan Majeed. In other words, we spend the bulk of our time with these things and no longer have or make time to recite the Quraan Majeed. Obviously, in doing so, we are depriving ourselves of tremendous rewards and benefits and are leaving a void in our lives which can never be filled by anything else.

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The Considerate Creditor

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Last Updated on Sunday, 28 April 2019 08:41

Shaqeeq bin Ebrahim Balkhi (rahimahullah) mentioned the following incident:

I accompanied Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) to visit a sick person. Enroute, a man saw him from a distance and hid away from him, taking another road. Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) shouted out and said, “O so and so! Walk in the direction you were walking in. Don’t change your route.” When he realized that Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) had already seen him, he was overcome with shame and stood still. Upon reaching him, Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) asked him the reason for changing his route. He replied, “I owe you a long overdue amount of ten thousand dirhams (silver coins) which I am unable to pay. Hence, when I saw you coming towards me, I was overcome by shame.”

Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) remarked, “Subhaanallah! Matters have reached such proportions that when you see me you take cover? I have gifted the entire amount to you and I declare myself a personal witness to this, so do not take cover when you see me in future. Also, forgive me for the pain that entered your heart when you met me.”

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Going the Extra Mile

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Last Updated on Monday, 22 April 2019 10:32

(Wife of Moulana Qaasim Nanotwi [rahimahullah] - Part Five)

The respected wife of Moulana Qaasim Nanotwi (rahimahullah) was blessed with a heart of such compassion and love, that let alone serving her husband she even went the extra mile in serving her mother-in-law and seeing to her comfort.

Shortly before her mother-in-law passed away, she fell ill and would experience bouts of diarrhoea which were so severe that she would soil three or four sets of clothing daily. Together with rendering all the other services, the wife of Moulana Qaasim (rahimahullah) would happily wash the soiled clothing of her mother-in-law. However, Moulana Qaasim (rahimahullah) would also insist to personally wash his mother’s clothing and clean it. Hence, Moulana Qaasim (rahimahullah) and his wife came to the agreement that they would take turns to wash the clothing.

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