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Pondering for Paradise

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Last Updated on Thursday, 25 November 2021 08:52

Allah Ta‘ala has blessed the human being with a mental faculty that has no peer or equal in the animal kingdom. From memory and retention, to imagination and creativity, the ability to learn new languages and acquire new skills, and reason intelligently – the scope and power of the human mind, especially viewing its vast versatility, is indeed ‘mindboggling’.

Such is the power of the mind that it even exerts influence and control over the body. For example, a person pondering over a traumatic incident, such as a scary hijacking, when reliving the incident in the mind’s eye, will often find their heart begin to race and their breathing begin to quicken. The memory seems so realistic that the body is convinced that the incident is transpiring once again, and hence the flight-or-fight instincts are triggered. Similarly, a person sometimes remembers a humorous incident, and though it may be years later, he finds himself involuntarily laughing.

When we have been given the ultimate minds from the animal kingdom, then we should dedicate it to the ultimate purpose – recognizing Allah Ta‘ala.

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Final Words to Her Dear Son

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 November 2021 08:25

(Sayyidah Asmaa bintu Abi Bakr [radhiyallahu ‘anhuma] – Part Eight)

In the year 64 A.H., after Yazeed bin Mu‘aawiyah passed away, Sayyidah Asmaa’s (radhiyallahu ‘anha) son, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) became the khaleefah of the Muslims. His rule extended over majority of the Muslim lands.

After some time, Marwaan bin Hakam, who was opposed to his rule, rose against Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) and marched against him. Many wars were then fought, until eventually, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) was defeated and martyred, in the year 73 A.H., in the precincts of the Haram, in Makkah Mukarramah.

Marwaan had unleashed the notorious tyrant, Hajjaaj bin Yusuf, against Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma). Such was the reputation of Hajjaaj that when he surrounded the blessed city of Makkah Mukarramah, and defeat seemed imminent, then most of the supporters of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) deserted him. Approximately ten thousand people went to Hajjaaj and surrendered peacefully, fearing that if they raised arms against him and were thereafter captured, then he would subject them to excruciating torture and a gruesome death.

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The Predetermination of Death

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Last Updated on Thursday, 18 November 2021 09:55

يٰأَيُّهَا الَّذينَ ءامَنوا لا تَكونوا كَالَّذينَ كَفَروا وَقالوا لِإِخوٰنِهِم إِذا ضَرَبوا فِى الأَرضِ أَو كانوا غُزًّى لَو كانوا عِندَنا ما ماتوا وَما قُتِلوا لِيَجعَلَ اللَّهُ ذٰلِكَ حَسرَةً فى قُلوبِهِم ۗ وَاللَّهُ يُحيۦ وَيُميتُ ۗ وَاللَّهُ بِما تَعمَلونَ بَصيرٌ﴿١٥٦﴾‏ وَلَئِن قُتِلتُم فى سَبيلِ اللَّهِ أَو مُتُّم لَمَغفِرَةٌ مِنَ اللَّهِ وَرَحمَةٌ خَيرٌ مِمّا يَجمَعونَ﴿١٥٧﴾‏​

O you who have believed! Do not be like those who disbelieved and said about their brothers when they travelled through the land or went out to fight, “If they had been with us, they would not have died or have been killed.” So Allah makes that (misconception) a regret within their hearts. And it is Allah who gives life and causes death, and Allah is watchful of what you do. And if you are killed in the path of Allah or die – then forgiveness from Allah and mercy are better than whatever they accumulate (in this world). (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v156-157)

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Every Man for Everyone

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 November 2021 16:16

Imaam Waaqidi (rahimahullah) is a renowned imaam in the field of Islamic history. He narrates the following incident which is his personal experience. He says:

I was once overcome by poverty during the period when I was with (the governor) Yahya bin Khaalid Barmaki. As the day of ‘Eid drew near, my slave girl came to me and said, “The day of ‘Eid has arrived and we do not possess anything (i.e. any money to purchase delicacies, etc.)!”

I thus went to a certain friend of mine, who was a businessman, and requested him for a loan. He (agreed to assist me, and) handed me a sealed bag which contained 1200 dirhams (silver coins). Taking the bag, I returned home.

Not long thereafter, one of my friends, who was a Haashimi (from the Banu Haashim clan – the family of Rasulullah [sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam]), came to me, (seeking assistance). He explained that there was a delay in his income arriving, and hence he required a loan.

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A Du‘aa of Gratitude and Appreciation

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Last Updated on Thursday, 11 November 2021 16:22

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Ghannaam (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who recites the following du‘aa in the morning has expressed gratitude for that day, and the one who recites it in the evening has expressed gratitude for that night:

اَللّٰهُمَّ مَا أَصْبَحَ بـِيْ مِنْ نِعْمَةٍ أَوْ بِأَحَدٍ مِنْ خَلْقِكَ فَمِنْكَ وَحْدَكَ لَا شَرِيْكَ لَكَ ، فَلَكَ الْـحَمْدُ وَلَكَ الشُّكْرُ

Transliteration: Allaahumma ma asbaha bee min ni’matin ow bi ahadim min khalqika faminka wahdaka laa shareeka lak, falakal hamdu walakash shukr

Translation: O Allah! Whatever bounty I have been blessed with this morning and whatever anyone in Your entire creation has been blessed with, it is all from You alone. To You alone belongs all praise, and for You alone is all gratitude. (Sunan Abi Dawood #5073 & As-Sunanul Kubraa – Nasaai #9835)

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