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Total Transformation

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 May 2018 15:50

Ja’far As-Saa-igh (rahimahullah) narrates the following:

Among the neighbours of Imaam Ahmad bin Hambal (rahimahullah) was a man who was involved in many sins, evils and shameless deeds. One day, this man came to the gathering of Imaam Ahmad bin Hambal (rahimahullah) and greeted him with salaam. However, although Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) replied to his salaam, he did not show him attention and receive him with warmth. Rather, he seemed uncomfortable in the presence of this man (as this man was well known to have evil ways and sinful habits).

The man immediately perceived the discomfort of Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) and thus said, “O Abu ‘Abdillah (rahimahullah)! Why are you uncomfortable in my presence? On account of a dream that I saw, I have completely changed and I am no longer the person that you knew me to be.” Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) asked, “What dream did you see?”

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The Reality of Time

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 May 2018 15:33

(S.O.S – ‘Saving Our Seconds’ Series – Part Two)

When any person goes to a shop to purchase something, he knows that there will be a price to pay. If the item is small and insignificant, such as a box of matches, it will be cheap. However, if it is an exquisite and rare ‘designer’ item, it will cost a considerably larger sum of money.

Hence, when Jannah is the ‘ultimate’ prize that any person could aspire for, we can well imagine the price one will have to pay to enter Jannah! In the case of Jannah, however, the difference is that Allah Ta‘ala Himself gives us the capital to purchase it. We don’t have to earn any capital - all we have to do is pay!

This capital is our wealth of ‘time’. If we dedicate our time to Allah Ta‘ala, by worshipping Him, obeying Him and abstaining from that which displeases Him, we will be purchasing our Jannah. At every moment, we are receiving a small portion of the capital to purchase Jannah. The question is, “Will we use it to purchase Jannah or will we squander and waste it?”

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The Best of Women

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 May 2018 10:31

(Sayyidah Maryam [‘alaihas salaam] – Part One)

Sayyidah Maryam (‘alaihas salaam) was a woman who was honoured by Allah Ta‘ala in a unique manner – an entire surah of the Quraan Majeed is named after her, and she is the only woman whose name is mentioned, not once, but repeatedly in the Quraan Majeed.

In Surah Aal ‘Imraan (v42), Allah Ta‘ala mentions how He instructed the angles to announce to Sayyidah Maryam (‘alaihas salaam), “O Maryam (‘alaihas salaam)! Indeed Allah Ta‘ala has selected you, purified you and chosen you above all women.”

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S.O.S. - Saving Our Seconds

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 May 2018 15:29

(S.O.S. – ‘Saving Our Seconds’ Series – Part One)

There was a woman who worked hard at home, producing the most exotic, delicious ice cream. Whether ‘seriously salted crack-caramel’, ‘passionate pistachio’ or even ‘intense espresso’, she painstakingly prepared the most delectable frozen desserts. She would then give these desserts to her husband who would load them into his ‘ice cream bike’ and cycle to the park where customers would eagerly await his daily arrival. He would stand in the park, braving the intense heat and patiently serving his patrons, until all the ice cream was sold.

Although this husband and wife repeated this routine every single day, the money they made was barely enough to meet their needs. Hence, they ensured that no matter what happened, they churned out the ice cream and sold it to their customers.

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The Powerful Product of Purity

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Last Updated on Monday, 07 May 2018 12:52

Among the prominent rulers of Afghanistan during the 1800s was a man named Dost Muhammad Khan who passed away in 1863.

At one point during his rule, he appointed one of his sons as his successor. After some time, when an enemy force attacked his kingdom, he dispatched this very son to defend the kingdom and recover the territory that was lost to the invading forces. On the instruction of his father, the son set out with an army.

Later on, Dost Muhammad Khan received the news that his son had been defeated and had fled from the battlefield. Extremely pained, grieved and disappointed, he entered his home and addressed the boy’s mother saying, “Our son has turned out to be weak and cowardly! He has suffered defeat and is fleeing the battlefield, whereas this is the time for him to show his courage and bravery! Furthermore, I have appointed him as my successor. The people will now tell me that I have appointed a weakling and a coward as my successor. This has caused me immense grief and disappointment.”

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