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Rays of Radiance

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Last Updated on Monday, 26 February 2018 15:47

(Respected Wife of ‘Aarif Billah, Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar [rahimahullah] – Part One)

‘Aarif Billah, Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (rahimahullah), is a personality who needs no introduction. He was the Shaikh (spiritual mentor and guide) of senior ‘Ulama of our country such as Moulana Yunus Patel (rahimahullah), Moulana ‘Abdul Hameed Ishaaq (daamat barakaatuhum) who is the principal of Darul ‘Uloom Azaadville, Moulana Fazlur Rahman Aa’zami (daamat barakaatuhum) who is the Shaikhul Hadeeth of Darul ‘Uloom Azaadville, and Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (daamat baraakatuhum) who is the Shaikhul Hadeeth of Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen in Isipingo Beach. Many other ‘Ulama and millions of people worldwide have benefited and continue to benefit tremendously from the teachings and guidance of this great saint.

It is perhaps sufficient testimony to his piety and saintliness that his own Shaikh, Shah ‘Abdul Ghani Phulpoori (rahimahullah), had once mentioned in his regard that he had attained a very high rank of piety and had a very strong bond with Allah Ta‘ala. However, his Shaikh had also mentioned the very same statement regarding another person – the respected wife of Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (rahimahullah). Shah ‘Abdul Ghani Phulpoori (rahimahullah) said, “The person in his home (i.e. his respected wife) has also attained a very high rank of piety and has a very strong bond with Allah Ta‘ala.”

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The Gift of the Guest

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 February 2018 15:04

‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Goodness comes to a home where food is consumed (by guests) faster than the blade goes to the hump of the camel.” (Sunan Ibnu Maajah #3357)

Among the Arabs, the meat from the hump of the camel was regarded as one of the best, most delicious cuts. Hence, when slaughtering a camel, they would hasten to cut the meat from the hump first and eat it before the meat of any other section.

In this hadeeth, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) explains that when there are guests in a home, then barakah (divine blessings from Allah Ta‘ala) come to the home even faster than the knife to the hump of the camel. This means that entertaining guests in one’s home is a means of ‘instantly’ attracting barakah (blessings) and the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala to the home.

This barakah and mercy will assist in making the home one of happiness, peace and tranquility. We should thus welcome guests into our homes, as this, in reality, is to welcome barakah into our homes.

   

Simplicity is Served

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Last Updated on Monday, 19 February 2018 16:15

Maslamah bin ‘Abdil Malik was the brother-in-law of ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah). He was among the members of the Banu Umayyah family who enjoyed the most luxurious and comfortable lifestyle.

Once, ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) learned that Maslamah was spending one thousand dirhams (silver coins) daily on food alone! Concerned over this extravagance, he instructed Maslamah to come and see him early the next morning. He also instructed for a dish of simple lentils and a few different meat-dishes to be prepared.

The next morning, Maslamah arrived and remained with ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) until a significant portion of the morning had passed. At that point, feeling the pangs of hunger, Maslamah arose and attempted to leave. However, ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) did not allow him to leave and instructed him to sit. Unable to disobey ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah), Maslamah remained seated. When midday arrived, Maslamah again attempted to leave, but ‘Umar bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) again instructed him to sit and prevented him from leaving.

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Prepared to Depart

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Last Updated on Thursday, 22 February 2018 09:26

(Sayyidah Ummu Habeebah [radhiyallahu ‘anha] – Part Five)

Ummu Habeebah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) passed away in the year 44 A.H. during the rule of her brother, Mu‘aawiyah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

Shortly before her demise she called ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) and said, “It is possible that misunderstandings could have occurred between us which sometimes occur between co-wives. May Allah Ta‘ala forgive us and overlook anything that may have happened. On my part, I forgive you for anything that might have transpired.” ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) responded by making a similar du‘aa for Ummu Habeebah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) and also forgiving her. Hearing this, Ummu Habeebah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was delighted and exclaimed, “You have made me happy, may Allah Ta‘ala make you happy as well!” Ummu Habeebah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) also asked her other co-wife, Ummu Salamah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), for forgiveness in a similar manner.

(Reference: Tabaqaat Ibni Sa’d vol. 8, pg. 100 and Mustadrak Haakim #6773) 

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Making Amends

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Last Updated on Thursday, 08 February 2018 17:39

Toothbrush? Check! Charger? Here! Hairbrush? Packed! Clothing? In the bag! Visa? Oh no, we haven’t got that!

Before embarking on any trip, especially to a foreign country, every traveller makes certain preparations. Although packing the appropriate provisions and essentials forms an important part of the preparation, perhaps the most important part is for one to ensure that their travel documents are in order. When one arrives in a foreign land, the very first thing examined is the passport and visa. If they are in order, one will be granted entry and the remainder of the trip will be ‘smooth sailing’. However, if there is a problem with the passport or visa, then since the very first requirement has not been met, packing all the essentials and converting all the currency will be of little avail and assistance.

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