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The Day of ‘Aashura

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Last Updated on Monday, 12 February 2018 15:50

History of Aashuraa

Prior to the Hijrah, Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) and the Sahabah observed the fast of ‘Aashuraa in Makkah Mukarramah as this conformed to the sharee’ah of Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam). Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) migrated to Madeenah Munawwarah in the month of Rabee’ul Awwal. The following year (2 A.H.), in the month of Muharram, He (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) witnessed the Jews of Madinah Munawwarah fasting. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) inquired from them as to why they were observing the fast on that day. They exclaimed that it was on that day that Allah Ta’ala delivered Moosa (alaihis salaam) and the Bani Israaeel from the tyranny and oppression of Fir’oun and his people, and Allah Ta’ala destroyed Fir’oun and his army.

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The Cycle of Worries

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 January 2013 09:04

A young teenage girl with some marks or pimples on her face sits and worries: “WILL ANY BOY MARRY ME?” After a few years in to marriage, she is consumed with another worry: “WILL I EVER FALL PREGNANT?” After having a few children if one child is weak, she is all the time concerned: “WILL THIS CHILD EVER LIVE A LIFE LIKE THE REST?” This cycle of worries are passed on from generation to generation. Our lives are consumed in temporary worries of this world. It leaves us no time to even think of the real worry of preparing ourselves and our families to stand before our creator one day. While the daily concerns are natural, the main concern is to have a life that is pleasing to Allah Ta’ala. The greatest worry must be to pass away on Imaan and Islam. These are the real worries that people do not worry about.

   

Who does the Gold Belong to?

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Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 10:14

Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) once mentioned an incident of a person who purchased some land from another. The purchaser found an earthenware utensil filled with gold buried in the ground. Hence he went to the seller and told him: “Take your gold, for I have purchased from you only the land and not the gold.” The former owner replied: “Well! I have sold you the land together with whatever is in it.”

Hence both the buyer and seller presented their case to a third person in order to resolve their dispute. He asked them: “Do you have any children?” One of them replied: “I have a son.” The other replied: “I have a daughter.” The one presiding over their case then said: “Get the boy married to the girl. Spend some of this wealth in seeing to their needs and give the rest in charity.” (Saheeh Bukhari #3472)

Lesson: The end result of having a big heart is always sweet. In this incident due to the big-heartedness of both parties, Allah Ta’ala blessed them in a wonderful manner and both benefitted.

   

How to Enter Jannah

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Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2013 08:00

Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “When a woman performs her five daily salaah, keeps the fast of Ramadaan, remains chaste and pure, and she obeys her husband then she may enter Jannah through whichever door she desires.” (Saheeh Ibnu Hibbaan #4163) 

Subhanallah! What a simple prescription for women to gain everlasting success. A woman has to simply do the following:

- Be obedient to Allah Ta’ala.

- Protect one’s chastity. This requires that she does not intermingle with  strange men, lower her gaze, and fully cover herself if she leaves the home out of necessity.

- Be obedient to her husband within the limits of deen. 

While this is the prescription for the everlasting success of the hereafter, it is also the prescription for harmony and happiness in one’s marriage.

 
   

Help from the Unseen

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Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2013 06:47

Maryam (alaihas salaam) was very pious from a young age. She used to miraculously receive fruit which were not even in season. When Zakariyya (alaihis salaam) would ask her as to where she was receiving all this fruit from, she would reply, “From Allah”. When she came of age, solely through the power of Allah Ta’ala she fell pregnant without any man touching her. It was from this pregnancy that Isa (alaihis salaam) was born. Since she gave birth without being married to a man, the Jews began accusing her of adultery. In order to prove them wrong, Allah Ta’ala gave Isa (alaihis salaam) the power to speak while he was still a baby. Those who had a sense of justice agreed that this was an example of Allah Ta’ala’s power, that Isa (alaihis salaam) was in fact born without a father and that his mother was pure and innocent.

Lesson: The great lesson we learn is that when one is devoted to Allah Ta’ala, He will provide for one from unseen sources and remove all one’s difficulties.

   

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