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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).

Read more: Keeping the Heart Clean - `Aaisha (radiyallahu anha)

 

10 Unique Privileges - `Aaisha (radiyallahu anha)

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Last Updated on Monday, 25 June 2012 11:54

10 Unique Privileges 

`Aaisha (radiyallahu anha) says: “Allah Ta’ala has blessed me with ten privileges over the other wives of Rasulullah (salallahu alaihi wasallam) and I say this without bragging or boasting:

- I was the most beloved to Rasulullah (salallahu alaihi wasallam) among his wives. 

- My father was the most beloved of all men to Rasulullah (salallahu alaihi wasallam). 

- I was the only virgin whom Rasulullah (salallahu alaihi wasallam) had married.  

- He married me at the age of seven. 

- I went to live with him at the age of nine. 

- (When people had slandered me and levelled accusations against me) Allah Ta’ala had exonerated me and confirmed my chastity and purity. 

Read more: 10 Unique Privileges - `Aaisha (radiyallahu anha)

 

Holdback and be Deprived

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Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2013 08:01

Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) addressed Asmaa (radiyallahu anha) and said, “Continue spending (in the path of Allah Ta’ala) and do not count and hoard, or else Allah Ta’ala will count and give you.” (Saheeh Bukhari #2591)

If we will hold onto our wealth, we will deprive ourselves from receiving wealth from the unseen unlimited treasures of Allah Ta’ala. It is indeed sad that some women hold onto the money of their husbands. They wish to take full control of all the wealth that comes into the home and leaves the home. The tragedy is when the wife stops the husband from spending on the poor, or on his family members that are in dire poverty. This is definitely not the approach of a Muslim woman. She should help in good causes and encourage others as well.

 

We Cannot Change Others

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Last Updated on Saturday, 19 January 2013 09:09

A woman of piety is faced with this challenge that while she keeps on encouraging her family and friends to come closer onto Deen, no one is prepared to listen to her and follow her. The advice for such a woman is that she must continue doing her work of doing good as well as encouraging others. However she must not fall so deep in the matters of others that she neglects her own good deeds or that she stops encouraging others because they are not practicing on her words. Our duty is to offer advice to others and continue practicing good deeds. We cannot force someone to change their life. This is not within our control, thus we should not allow it to overwhelm us. However if people are not giving up the wrong that they are involved in, why do we so easily lose hope and give up the good that we are doing (of encouraging others onto Deen)?

 

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