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​The Silent and Unseen Pillar

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Last Updated on Monday, 25 February 2019 15:35

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

Moulana Qaasim Nanotwi (rahimahullah) was an illustrious ‘aalim of the 19th century, and is a descendant of Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). Moulana Qaasim (rahimahullah) only lived for 47 years, passing away in the year 1879, but left a legacy that continues to this day.

Moulana (rahimahullah) was blessed by Allah Ta‘ala to render various services for Deen and the Muslims. However, from all his Deeni services, it is perhaps his founding of Darul ‘Uloom Deoband that stands out the most. This institute, located in Deoband, India, has tens of thousands of graduates around the world, and many Deeni institutes today, in South Africa and abroad, are offshoots of this prestigious Darul ‘Uloom and remain affiliated to it.

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The Barakah of Surah Baqarah​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 February 2019 16:57

Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Do not make your homes into graveyards – indeed Shaitaan flees from the home in which Surah Baqarah is recited.” (Saheeh Muslim #1824)

In the above hadeeth, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has encouraged us to not make our homes into graveyards. A graveyard is a place that is inhabited by dead people. Similarly, when a person does not have the ‘ibaadah of Allah Ta‘ala in his life, such as zikr, salaah, reciting the Quraan Majeed, making ta’leem, etc., then he is like a dead person, and his home will similarly be like a graveyard – devoid of joy and happiness and inhabited by Shaitaan.

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Blessed with Barakah​

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 February 2019 16:18

‘Umaarah bin Hazm (rahimahullah) narrates the following incident from Sayyiduna Ubayy bin Ka’b (radhiyallahu ‘anhu):

On one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) sent me to collect the zakaat that was due on the people’s wealth. While collecting zakaat from the people, I passed by a Sahaabi who also needed to discharge his zakaat. Accordingly, this Sahaabi gathered all his camels and presented them to me so that I could calculate the zakaat due on the camels. After examining the camels, I determined that his zakaat on the camels amounted to a single one-year old she-camel.

I thus said to him, “You need to discharge a single one-year old she-camel as this is the zakaat due on your camels.” Hearing this, the man replied, “A one-year old she camel neither gives milk, nor can it be used as a conveyance (hence, there is very little benefit in it). Instead of a one-year old she camel, here is a young, strong, large and fat she camel. Take this camel.” I replied, “I cannot take that which I was not instructed to take. However, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is nearby. If you wish to go to him and present to him what you presented to me, you may do so. If Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) accepts your offer (to give a better camel in zakaat), I will take the camel from you, but if he does not accept your offer, I will not take the camel.”

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Resolutions and Goals​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 16:35

At the beginning of each year, we often see people around us making different types of resolutions and setting various goals. On social media, people will go crazy with “weight loss goals” for the year, or “academic achievements” or even things like “fitness regimes” and so on and so forth.

Whilst resolution lists and goal setting has become the norm and is not uncommon, perhaps it is time that we look at it from a different perspective.

We have perhaps never stumbled across or heard of a “character goal”, or “habits and behaviour in my life that I need to change,” and why is this so? Why don’t we see people wanting to make a positive change in their own behaviour, or goals for better akhlaaq (character)? Why don’t we see resolutions for a more positive approach to the mother-in-law/daughter-in-law, being kinder to the spouse, or being gentler and more patient with the kids?

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Unity​

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 09:37

وَاعْتَصِمُوا بِحَبْلِ اللَّـهِ جَمِيعًا وَلَا تَفَرَّقُوا​

And hold firmly to the rope of Allah Ta‘ala all together, and do not become divided. (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v103)

In the above verse of the Quraan Majeed, Allah Ta‘ala instructs us to hold firmly to His rope all together. A rope is something that is used to join between things. In this regard, there are two messages in this verse.

The first is that we should connect to Allah Ta‘ala via His rope. The rope of Allah Ta‘ala refers to Deen. Hence, we should hold firmly to Deen, by fulfilling every command of Allah Ta‘ala and abstaining from every prohibition. It is only through holding firmly to Deen that one can connect with Allah Ta‘ala.

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