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Night of Emancipation

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Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 09:12

Virtue

It is narrated from Mu’az bin Jabal (radiyallahu anhu) that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “On the fifteenth night of Sha’baan, Allah Ta’ala bestows His special attention on His entire creation. He then forgives His entire creation except a polytheist and one who has hatred for others.” (Ibnu Hibbaan #5665)

In another Hadith, Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “On the fifteenth night of Sha’baan, Allah Ta’ala showers his special attention on the nearest heaven. Thereafter Allah Ta’ala announces; ‘Is there anyone who seeks forgiveness so that I may forgive him? Is there anyone who seeks sustenance so that I may grant it to him? Is there anyone who is in difficulty so that I may relieve him?’ These announcements continue until the break of the dawn.” (Ibnu Maajah #1388)  

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Tasbeeh and Miswaak

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Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 09:06

Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “The Salaah performed after using the Miswaak is seventy times more rewarding than the Salaah performed without using the Miswaak.” (Musnad Ahmad #26340). As many as seventy benefits have been mentioned for using the Miswaak. One of them is that a person would remember to recite the Kalimah at the time of death. 

Likewise the Tasbeeh helps one to keep count when making the Zikr of Allah Ta’ala. It also serves as a reminder to engage in the remembrance of our Allah Ta’ala all the time. The one who always takes the name of Allah Ta’ala throughout his life will Insha-Allah take the name of Allah Ta’ala at the time of death as well. 

Thus we should always use a Miswaak and a Tasbeeh. Also encourage our children to keep a Miswaak and a Tasbeeh with them. Tell them light heartedly that the Miswaak is their gun and the beads on the Tasbeeh are the bullets. These are our weapons of protection. The child should realise that the commands of Allah Ta’ala and the Sunnat of Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) are the guaranteed means of protection.

   

Continue to be Remembered

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Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 09:11

Ask a hundred people what was the name of their great grandfather and most of them will fail to give an answer. Now if the children themselves do not know the name of their great grandfather, what are the chances of anyone else knowing? This is our reality. Just as we were unknown prior to our birth, we will remain to be unknown within a generation or two after our death. 

Many people regard having boys in the family as a source of pride, since boys will continue to carry the family name. However as highlighted above, one’s name does not continue after death merely by having boys or children, rather our name will continue to shine if our life was spent in the obedience of Allah Ta`ala. We will be remembered for the good we did, the good we said and the good changes we brought in the lives of people.

   

Goodbye to Depression

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Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 09:08

Every second person complains of stress, anxiety and depression. There are three main causes for this: 

1. We have shifted our focus from Allah Ta`ala towards our abilities and resources, and towards people around us. Thus, when everything around us fails us, we lose hope in life and sink into a state of  depression. We have forgotten that our Allah Ta`ala alone has placed us in that condition and our Allah Ta`ala alone will remove us from that condition. Our attention and focus should constantly be directed towards the unlimited treasures of Allah Ta`ala and not towards our endless weakness.

2. We worry and concern ourselves over such things that are beyond our reach, and neither are they in our control. We become overwhelmed thinking about matters that have already been decided by our Allah Ta`ala. Mortal man, however, fails to accept that he has absolutely no say in such issues. Hence we become so involved in matters and things that are beyond our control that we end up neglecting what is in our control. The end result is disorder and helplessness which leads to depression.

3. Sins also lead to depression. It is impossible to be happy if Allah Ta`ala is unhappy with us. Our evil actions are the fuel to the fire of destruction and depression. Righteous actions will fill the heart with happiness.

   

Keeping the Heart Clean - `Aaisha (radiyallahu anha)

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Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 10:49

The exemplary life of Sayyidah `Aaisha (radiyallahu anha) is filled with innumerable lessons. One major lesson that she taught was to always have a clean heart. On one occasion the hypocrites slandered her. It was an extremely trying time. Rasulullah (salallahu alaihi wasallam) as well as `Aaisha’s (radiyallahu anha) parents were very distressed by this terrible accusation. When `Aaisha (radiyallahu anha) came to hear of the false rumours about her doing the rounds, she became very ill. She could not eat a morsel of food nor sleep a wink. She wept almost continuously. Eventually an entire ruku of the Qur’an was revealed which cleared her name and explained how chaste and virtuous she was. While the hypocrites were responsible for this heart-breaking incident, unwittingly, a few sincere Muslims also got  caught up in this ugly accusation and defamation. Among them was Hassaan bin Thaabit (radiyallahu anhu).

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