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Compulsory only Once

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 January 2013 07:48

Our most fundamental need is imaan which we need every moment of our lives. Together with imaan we have various ibaadat to perform. Among them salaah is to be performed five times a day. Fasting and zakaat are compulsory duties carried out once a year. However, haj is compulsory only once in our lifetime. Thus the first haj that we perform will be our fardh (compulsory) haj. Thereafter even if we perform a hundred haj, it will all be nafl (optional). Thus this highlights the need to get our first haj right. Haj is unlike salaah and other compulsory duties where we have the chance of improving on our previous duty. We should therefore strive to perfect our first haj and get it accepted in the court of Allah Ta’ala. We cannot afford to have our first haj rejected due to our carelessness in as far as learning and preparing for the haj itself. The spiritual preparation is the most essential need of every Haaji so that together with haj of “Baitullah” (Ka’bah Shareef), when one returns, she returns as a true “Amatullah” (servant of Allah Ta’ala) 

   

Gone Fishing

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 January 2013 07:49

Imagine a newly wed couple who are together for the first time.  The husband spends the entire night praising his wife and expressing words of love to her. However the very next morning he is gone fishing or golfing with his friends, leaving his wife all alone. This makes one wonder what the entire nights praises and “I love you” were all about? Did it come from the heart or was it mere lip service?

Likewise when proceeding to Makkah Mukarramah we shout out “lab-baik”, and out of love we announce “We are present O Allah Ta’ala.” But then we slip out to Jeddah for some sight seeing, or for every one tawaaf we make of the Ka`bah, we end up making ten tawaafs of the shopping malls. Let not our “lab-baik” be an empty slogan of love. Let it be followed by sincere actions and dedication.

   

A Haji Never Tastes Poverty

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Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2013 08:05

Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “A Haji never becomes poor and destitute.” (Majma’uz Zawaaid #5272) 

Despite the rising costs of performing haj, this hadith is sufficient to remove all fears of becoming poor due to performing haj. A true Believer places his trust on Allah Ta’ala and is convinced with the words of Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam).

   

The Power of Intention

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Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 10:38

Once a man from the Bani Israeel passed by a sand dune at a time when people were suffering with hunger due to drought and famine. He thought to himself: “Had I possessed food equivalent to the granules of sand in this sand dune, I would have distributed every bit of it amongst these people to relieve them of their hunger.” Allah Ta’ala sent revelation to the Nabi of that time: “Inform that man that Allah Ta’ala has acknowledged and appreciated your noble intention and has hence recorded for you the reward of spending that amount of food in charity.” (Mirqaat-ul-Mafateeh, vol.1, pg.100)

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Diamond for a Stone

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 January 2013 07:46

People generally abandon their own culture and identity, and they borrow from cultures of others due to following their base desires or for some personal benefit or due to having an inferiority complex. As Muslims we need to remind ourselves that all the temporary pleasures of this world will one day come to an end. Eternal enjoyment is only in Paradise. We also need to remind ourselves that Allah Ta’ala, our creator, knows what is most beneficial for us. Thus all our benefits lie in the teachings of Islam.

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