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Never Lose Hope

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 April 2019 15:40

During the Battle of Uhud, one of the painful tragedies suffered by Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was the martyrdom of his beloved uncle, Sayyiduna Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). The person responsible for killing Sayyiduna Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was none other than Sayyiduna Wahshi bin Harb (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). At that time, he was not a Muslim, but Allah Ta‘ala later on blessed him to accept Islam and become a Sahaabi. The incident of his accepting Islam is as follows:

After Allah Ta‘ala blessed Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) with the conquest of Makkah Mukarramah, the heart of Sayyiduna Wahshi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) became filled with fear. Being responsible for the death of Sayyiduna Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), he feared that the Muslims would seize him and kill him in retaliation, and hence he fled for his life. He would remain in hiding throughout the day and travel throughout the night in an effort to distance himself from the lands of the Muslims. Eventually, Sayyiduna Wahshi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reached the Himyar tribe and settled down in their area. 

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A Submissive Spouse

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Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2019 15:13

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

The respected wife of Moulana Qaasim Nanotwi (rahimahullah) was not only a saintly soul – she was a faithful wife who displayed true loyalty to her husband and went beyond the call of duty in fulfilling his rights.

As the piety, knowledge and wisdom of Moulana Qaasim (rahimahullah) became well known, people from far and wide began to flock to him. As a result, there were always guests in his home, with barely a single meal passing without guests being present. His respected wife was extremely efficient in seeing to the household responsibilities and would ensure that there was always food prepared for the guests. Even when there was a shortage of wealth in the home, she would try her best to honour the guests and see to their comfort. In regard to her big-heartedness, Moulana Qaasim (rahimahullah) once mentioned, “Our generosity is on account of Ahmad’s mother (referring to his respected wife).”

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The Worth of the Weak

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 April 2019 15:47

Sayyiduna Abud Dardaa (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) mentioned, I heard Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) saying, “Seek for me those who are weak (so that I may sit in their company and ask them to make du‘aa against the enemy), as you are only provided with sustenance and given assistance by Allah Ta‘ala through (the blessing and du‘aa of) the weak among you.” (Sunan Abi Dawood #2594, Bazlul Majhood vol. 4, pg. 231)

Every community has its share of ‘weak’ people. Be they elderly parents, widows, orphans, the poor and destitute or even the sick and ailing, they are all ‘weak’, as they struggle to fend for themselves and generally rely, to differing degrees, on those around them.

In the hadeeth above, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) wished to show the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) that their might and strength was not the key to gaining victory over the enemy. Rather, it was the mercy and assistance of Allah Ta‘ala that was the key, and one way to secure this, would be through the du‘aas of the weak. Hence, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) requested that weak people be sought so that he could request them to make du‘aa for the victory of the Muslim army.

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The Remedy for Refraining from Sin

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 16:10

A person once came to Ebrahim bin Adham (rahimahullah) and said, “O Abu Ishaaq! I am a great transgressor and sinner. Please give me some advice that will serve as a deterrent from sin and will save my heart.”

Ebrahim bin Adham (rahimahullah) replied, “If you accept five things from me and you are able to hold fast to them, you will neither be harmed by falling into sin nor will you be destroyed through falling prey to your carnal desires.” The man replied, “Mention them, O Abu Ishaaq.”

Ebrahim bin Adham (rahimahullah) commenced enumerating the five things as follows:

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From Luxury to Simplicity​

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 16:03

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

The wife of Moulana Qaasim (rahimahullah) hailed from the village of Deoband. Her father, Shaikh Karaamat Husain, was a wealthy man, and hence on the occasion of her nikaah, when she departed for her husband’s home, her father sent her off with abundant clothing, expensive jewellery and many household items.

On the first night, Moulana Qaasim (rahimahullah) addressed her saying, “Now that Allah Ta‘ala has joined us in marriage, there will have to be compatibility between us. However, in our present condition, this will be difficult, as you are wealthy and I am a pauper. We thus have one of two options; either I become wealthy, which is obviously difficult, or you become like me. Hence you rather become poor like me, since this is easy.”

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