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The Only ‘Friend’ after Death

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 October 2021 08:06

Sayyiduna Nu’maan bin Basheer (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Every person, whether male or female, has three friends. One friend says, ‘I am with you (now), whatever you wish to take from me, then you may take it, and whatever you wish to leave behind, then you may leave it behind.’ This friend refers to his wealth (some of which he benefits from during his lifetime, while leaving the rest behind after his demise). The second friend says, ‘I will remain with you, but when you reach the door of the king (i.e. when you pass away and meet Allah Ta‘ala), then I will leave you (at that point).’ This friend refers to his servants and family. The third friend says, ‘I will remain with you, in whichever place you enter and from whichever place you leave (i.e. I will remain with you forever, no matter where you are).’ This friend refers to his actions.” (Tabraani - Majma‘uz Zawaaid #17793)

In this hadeeth, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) resembled a person’s wealth, friends and family and actions to three friends. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then explained that when a person passes away, he will have to leave behind his wealth, as well as his friends and family. It is ONLY his actions that will remain with him and accompany him on the next leg of the journey to the Hereafter.

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Concrete Conviction

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 October 2021 16:27

The famous Seljuk ruler, Sultaan Noorud Deen Zangi (rahimahullah), had a son named Ismaa‘eel. Ismaa‘eel was a pious and intelligent youngster who was greatly loved by the people of Halab (Aleppo). During the month of Rajab in the year 577 A.H., Ismaa‘eel fell ill with colitis. This illness led to his demise that very year, and he passed away at the tender age of nineteen.

It is mentioned that when he was suffering from his illness, the physicians who were treating him prescribed a small amount of wine as his medication. However, he refused to take the wine saying, “I cannot take it until I first consult the Fuqahaa (jurists).”

He thus referred the mas-alah to certain ‘Ulama who told him that it was permissible (as there was no halaal alternative, and the condition was life-threatening). However, he was still reluctant.

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Turn to Allah Alone for Guidance and Help

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Last Updated on Thursday, 14 October 2021 08:59

يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓا۟ إِن تُطِيعُوا۟ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ يَرُدُّوكُمْ عَلَىٰٓ أَعْقَٰبِكُمْ فَتَنقَلِبُوا۟ خَٰسِرِينَ ﴿١٤٩﴾‏ بَلِ ٱللَّهُ مَوْلَىٰكُمْ ۖ وَهُوَ خَيْرُ ٱلنَّٰصِرِينَ ﴿١٥٠﴾‏ سَنُلْقِى فِى قُلُوبِ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ ٱلرُّعْبَ بِمَآ أَشْرَكُوا۟ بِٱللَّهِ مَا لَمْ يُنَزِّلْ بِهِۦ سُلْطَٰنًا ۖ وَمَأْوَىٰهُمُ ٱلنَّارُ ۚ وَبِئْسَ مَثْوَى ٱلظَّٰلِمِينَ ﴿١٥١﴾​

O you who have believed, if you obey (and listen to) those who disbelieve, they will turn you back (from Islam) on your heels, and you will (then) become losers. Instead, Allah is your Protector, and He is the best of all helpers. We shall put awe into the hearts of those who disbelieve, since they have associated with Allah something for which He has not sent any authority. Their ultimate place is the fire (of Jahannum); and evil is the abode of the unjust. (Surah Aal ‘Imraan v149-151)

During the Battle of Uhud, the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) suffered a temporary defeat in which many of them were martyred. The munaafiqeen (hypocrites) seized this opportunity to sow the seeds of mischief. They came to the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and told them that had their Deen been the true Deen, they would not have suffered these losses. They then told the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) that they should return to idol-worship, as this would restore peace with the people of Makkah Mukarramah and would solve their problems.

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Special Passion for Sadaqah

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Last Updated on Monday, 11 October 2021 15:33

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

Among the many praiseworthy qualities with which Sayyidah Asmaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was blessed by Allah Ta‘ala was her extraordinary passion for spending in charity.  

As previously mentioned, Sayyidah Asmaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was not residing in a home of affluence and wealth. Rather, there was some financial difficulty in the home, to the extent that she did not have a servant and had to personally carry out the difficult chores.

Nevertheless, despite not possessing abundant wealth, it was still her heart’s desire to spend in charity. Hence, she once enquired from Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! I do not possess any wealth besides that which Sayyiduna Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) gives me (for my personal needs). Should I spend in charity?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “Spend in charity, and do not hold back, lest wealth be held back from you (i.e. if you do not hold back from spending your wealth on the poor, then Allah Ta‘ala will not hold back and will bestow you with wealth as well).” (Saheeh Bukhaari #2590)

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The Grass is Always Greener…

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Last Updated on Monday, 04 October 2021 15:26

Shaikh ‘Abdul Fattaah Abu Ghuddah (rahimahullah), the renowned Syrian ‘Aalim, writes that he heard the following incident from an ‘Aalim of Pakistan:

Once, a certain person went to visit one of the rulers in Northern Pakistan. When the ruler (received him and) asked him how he was, he launched into a lengthy list of complaints, explaining all the difficulties and grievances that he was suffering.

After listing his extensive complaints, he remarked to the ruler, “How fortunate you are! You lead a good and comfortable life! You enjoy the best quality of food, drink and sleep, and your life is free from all problems and worries! You are the ruler, so everything (you wish for) is presented before you!” Hearing this, the ruler remained silent and did not say anything.

Sometime later, the ruler invited this person to his home for a meal. However, over this person’s seat, he had suspended a sharp, unsheathed sword. Furthermore, the sword was hanging from a thin thread which could snap at any second. When the man saw the sword hanging over him, threatening to fall on him at any moment, he was filled with such fear that he lost his appetite and interest in the food!

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