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The Missing Puzzle Piece

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 08:42

It is so easy to give charity and to spend on others from the husband’s wealth. The real feeling of joy and inner-satisfaction will come when the wife will also spend from her own wealth. Give it a try, sacrifice the desire to buy that new designer garment or that pretty ornament, and use that same money to buy some groceries for a widow or clothing an orphan. This gesture will make one experience something that one’s heart has always been craving for. Bringing a smile to a dejected soul or showing kindness to one who has no shoulder to cry on is that missing piece of the puzzle - the piece of compassion in our lives. Did we ever see someone cry out of joy? Try giving a deserving old beggar, who has been receiving five cents and ten cents the entire day, a one hundred rand note!

 

The Appreciation of the Quraan in Russia

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Last Updated on Saturday, 11 May 2013 08:30

There was a time in Russia under the Communist rule when it was a crime to recite the Quraan and to take the name of Islam. For a long period no Azaan was heard nor any Salaah was performed. When Communism had just ended, a very inspiring incident had taken place. An old woman who was standing at the door of her house saw some foreign Muslim brothers passing by. They were out in the path of Allah Ta‘ala. She called them and asked them if they have a copy of the Quraan. So they presented a copy of the Quraan to her as a gift. The moment she saw the Quraan, she took it, held it close to her chest, and then burst out crying uncontrollably. She then said, “Seventy years have passed and I have never seen the Quraan. I made du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala that let not death come to me until I am blessed with the sight of Your Quraan”. Thereafter she presented a huge box to them. They refused to take it. She told them that they must take it since she took an oath in the name of Allah Ta‘ala to present it to the one who allows her to see the Quraan. They opened it and found it full of gold and silver jewellery. 

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A Knock at the Door

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Last Updated on Thursday, 02 May 2013 08:48

Often we listen to a talk of deen or we read some Islamic literature. Through the blessing of the words of Allah Ta‘ala and Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), our hearts are most definitely affected. It is at this point that a person intends to give up his life of sin and start a life of righteousness. This intention to do good or to leave sin is actually a guest that is knocking at the door of our heart, sent to us by our loving Allah Ta‘ala. Now if a guest knocks at our door and we receive the guest with warmth and respect, then most definitely the guest will feel welcomed to visit again. However if we chase the guest and close the door on his face, he will never return to visit us. In the same way, if a good intention knocks at the door of our heart, then at once we should act upon it. By ignoring it, we may just very well deprive ourselves of this good intention ever knocking at the door of our heart again.

 

A Good Neighbour

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Last Updated on Monday, 22 April 2013 11:43

Sulaiman bin Jahm Al-Ansaari (rahimahullah) once offered to sell his house in exchange for a hundred thousand dirhams. When those who were interested approached him, he asked them: “The house is for sale in exchange of a hundred thousand dirhams, but how much will you pay for being the neighbour of Sa'eed bin 'Aas (rahimahullah).” They replied: “Is that something anyone ever “pays a price for?” He said: “Then in that case, call this deal off! By Allah, I can never leave such a neighbour who, whenever he does not see me he enquires about me and whenever he sees me, he is most warm and welcoming towards me. If I leave home for any errand then he takes special care of whatever belongings I’ve left behind. If I am at home then he always makes himself available to assist me. If I have to ask him for anything then he grants it to me most willingly. And when I don’t ask then he approaches me enquiring whether there is anything I need. If any calamity befalls me then he is first to come to my aid.”

When this reached Sa’eed (rahimaullah) he sent a hundred thousand dirhams as a gift to him. (Risaalatul Mustarshideen pg. 197)

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Tsunami

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Last Updated on Friday, 19 April 2013 08:47

A tsunami is a large tidal wave which reaches heights of approximately 30 meters and travels at a speed of up to 805 km an hour. They often come in a series of waves called a “wave train”. Hence the destructive force is greatly increased as every successive wave crashes on the shore. Tsunamis cause widespread destruction and havoc and seriously affect the lives of thousands of people.

While the tsunamis that come from the ocean cause disaster on earth, there are tsunamis of a different form that crash on the hearts of people. In the terminology of the Qur’an and Sunnah, these tsunamis are called “fitna”. These fitna tsunamis overturn hearts and cause havoc and destruction to people’s Deen and Imaan.

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