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Deen before Herself

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Last Updated on Monday, 26 March 2018 08:46

(Respected Wife of ‘Aarif Billah, Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar [rahimahullah] – Part Three)

Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (rahimahullah) had great love for his Shaikh (spiritual mentor), Moulana Shah ‘Abdul Ghani Phulpoori (rahimahullah), and was very devoted and attached to him. Hence, he remained in his company for lengthy periods, benefitting from his piety, teachings and guidance.

However, Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (rahimahullah) mentioned that it was only on account of his wife’s selflessness and generous spirit that he was able to remain with his Shaikh and benefit from him in this manner, as she had happily sacrificed her own rights by allowing him to remain away from her during this time. When she saw his deep devotion to his Shaikh, she said to him, “You may remain in the service of your Shaikh for as long as you wish. I will neither object nor impose anything on you.”

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Daily Anti-Depressant

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 March 2018 15:30

Many people are under the misconception that an increase in wealth will lead to an increase in happiness. However, this could not be further from the truth, as depression affects people across all income-brackets and from all walks of life.

The severity of depression can perhaps be gauged by the fact that according to statistics, in South Africa alone, there are approximately twenty-three known suicides a day!

Islam has given us a simple, free prescription that has no unwanted side effects and is incomparable in combating depression. In this regard, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) taught us that we should always look at those who are less fortunate than ourselves (Saheeh Muslim #7428). In doing so, we will realize how many bounties we enjoy for which we should be thankful and how fortunate we really are.

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The Ultimate ‘Contact’

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Last Updated on Monday, 19 March 2018 15:59

Saalim bin ‘Abdillah (rahimahullah) was the son of the illustrious Sahaabi, ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma). He was born during the khilaafah of ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and was a great Muhaddith and Mufti of Madeenah Munawwarah.

On one occasion, the ruler, Hishaam bin ‘Abdil Malik, entered the Ka’bah and met Saalim bin ‘Abdillah (rahimahullah). Seeing this eminent personality, he immediately said, “Do you have any need that you wish to ask of me?” Saalim (rahimahullah) replied, “I am embarrassed to stand in the house of Allah Ta‘ala and place my needs before someone besides Him.”

Thereafter, when they had exited the Ka’bah, Hishaam said to Saalim (rahimahullah), “You may now place your needs before me (as we are no longer in the house of Allah Ta‘ala).” In reply, Saalim (rahimahullah) asked, “Which needs should I place before you? My needs of this world or my needs of the Hereafter?” Hishaam replied, “Your needs of this world.”

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Double Dose of …?

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Last Updated on Monday, 12 March 2018 16:12

If a person has one apple and thereafter buys another apple, how many apples will he have? The answer is obvious – two apples. Similarly, if a person has one child and is then blessed with another child, he will now have two children. This elementary concept of one-plus-one-equals-two is so basic that even kindergartners (pre-school children) have ‘mastered’ it and understand that two sweets are better than one!

However, there is one occasion when even the most intelligent of people can forget this concept and thus lose out – the occasion of ill-treatment.

When someone shows us bad behaviour and ill treats us, there are a number of ways in which we can react. Some people break down into tears, some simply ignore the offender and walk away, and others retaliate. However, as Muslims, the question we need to ask is, “Which response will please Allah Ta‘ala?”

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As You Give, so You Shall Get

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Last Updated on Monday, 12 March 2018 15:55

لَن تَنَالُوا۟ ٱلْبِرَّ حَتَّىٰ تُنفِقُوا۟ مِمَّا تُحِبُّونَ ۚ وَمَا تُنفِقُوا۟ مِن شَىْءٍ فَإِنَّ ٱللَّـهَ بِهِۦ عَلِيمٌ

You will never attain complete piety until you spend from that which you love, and whatever you spend, Allah Ta‘ala is fully aware of it.

Allah Ta‘ala will reward a person for whatever he spends for the sake of Deen in His path. However, the reward that is given varies depending on the sincerity and heart with which it is given, and also on the giver’s attachment to the item and love for it. In the abovementioned verse of the Quraan Majeed, Allah Ta‘ala informs us that in order for us to attain complete piety and earn the greatest reward, we will have to spend that which is most beloved to us in the path of Allah Ta‘ala.

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