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The Bles​sing of Bismillah

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 October 2018 15:32

Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) was once proceeding to a certain place for some task when he passed by a grave. On looking at the grave, Allah Ta‘ala showed him that angels of punishment were torturing the inmate of the grave.

Sometime later, when Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) had completed his task and was returning, he again passed by the grave. However, Allah Ta‘ala now showed him that instead of angels of punishment, there were angels of mercy at the grave, bearing platters of divine radiance!

Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) was surprised at this sudden change in condition. He thus performed salaah and engaged in du‘aa, begging Allah Ta‘ala to reveal to him what had caused the punishment of the inmate to cease and be replaced with His special mercy.

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True Taqwa​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 October 2018 15:57

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّـهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِ وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا وَأَنتُم مُّسْلِمُونَ

O people of imaan! Fear Allah Ta‘ala as He should be feared, and do not die except as Muslims.

In this verse, Allah Ta‘ala commands us to adopt true taqwa by fearing Him ‘as he ought to be feared’. The following are some statements in regard to true taqwa:

1. Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) has mentioned that true taqwa is for one to obey Allah Ta‘ala completely and not disobey Him in the least, to remember Allah Ta‘ala and not be unmindful of Him, and to show gratitude to Him (for his innumerable favours), not ingratitude. (Majma‘uz Zawaaid #10938)

2. Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) has mentioned that true taqwa is for one to always remain just and uphold the commands of Allah Ta‘ala, and not to allow the criticism and comments of people to deter one from fulfilling the commands of Allah Ta‘ala. (Tafseer Qurtubi vol. 5, pg. 238)

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The Resource that Remains

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Last Updated on Monday, 08 October 2018 16:24

Sayyidah Naseekah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) narrates the following:

I was once at the home of Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) when she slaughtered a goat. While I was still at her home, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) entered with a small stick in his blessed hand.

On entering, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) placed the small stick down and then entered the musjid where he performed two rakaats of salaah. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) thereafter returned and lay down on his bed, asking ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), “Is there anything to eat?”   

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Securing the Assistance of Allah

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Last Updated on Monday, 01 October 2018 16:10

Khedive Ismail Pasha was appointed as the ruler over Egypt by the Ottoman Empire. During his reign, Egypt and Ethiopia were at war from 1874 to 1876. Due to the disunity that existed between the various commanders of the Egyptian army, Egypt suffered numerous defeats during this war, and was ultimately unsuccessful against Ethiopia.

One day, Khedive Ismail felt depressed and overcome by anxiety on account of the defeats that Egypt was suffering. He thus mounted his conveyance and set out with his minister, Shareef Pasha, hoping to find a way to relieve his anxiety and dispel his worries. While they were out, he turned to Shareef Pasha and asked him, “When you have a serious problem that you need to solve, what do you do?” Shareef Pasha answered, “It is my habit that when I have a problem, I request the pious ‘Ulama to recite the kitaab, Saheeh Bukhaari, on my behalf. Through the blessings of this kitaab, Allah Ta‘ala assists me to solve my problem.” Khedive Ismail replied, “We will speak to the Shaikh of Al-Azhar and ask him to arrange for Saheeh Bukhaari to be recited.”

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The Gleaming Jewel

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Last Updated on Saturday, 22 September 2018 12:15

There was once a slave girl named Jowharah (rahimahallah) (which means ‘jewel’). She initially belonged to a certain king, but was thereafter freed. After gaining emancipation, she renounced the world, married Abu ‘Abdillah Al-Baraathi (rahimahullah) and dedicated her life to remaining engaged in the ‘ibaadah of Allah Ta‘ala. The following are two incidents which shine in the life of this gleaming jewel:

On one occasion, Jowharah (rahimahallah) asked her husband, “O Abu ‘Abdillah! Will women be adorned with jewellery when they enter Jannah?” When he replied in the affirmative, she suddenly emitted a shriek and collapsed unconscious. When she thereafter recovered and regained her senses, her husband asked her, “What happened?” She replied, “I remembered my previous condition and lifestyle, and all the luxuries of the world that I had acquired. By Allah, I feared that I would be deprived of abundant rewards in the Hereafter!”

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