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The Pertinence of Priorities

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 January 2018 14:18

Juraij (rahimahullah) was a man from the Banu Israaeel who would exert himself in the ‘ibaadah (worship) of Allah Ta‘ala. Hence, he built himself a monastery in which he would reside (and devote himself to the worship of Allah Ta‘ala).

One day, his mother came to him while he was performing nafl salaah and called out to him, “O Juraij!” As he was engaged in performing salaah, Juraij thought to himself, “O Allah! My mother and my salaah! (i.e. which should I give preference to?)” Juraij (rahimahullah) decided to continue performing his salaah. Hence, not receiving a response from him, his mother turned and left.

The following day, the mother of Juraij (rahimahullah) again came to him while he was engaged in performing salaah and called out, “O Juraij!” Juraij (rahimahullah) again thought to himself, “O Allah! My mother and my salaah! (i.e. which should I give preference to?)” Juraij (rahimahullah) once again decided to continue performing his salaah. Hence, not receiving a response from him, his mother again turned and left.

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The Loyalty of Love

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 January 2018 14:27

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

In the 6th year A.H. the treaty of Hudaibiyah was formed between the Muslims and the disbelievers of Makkah Mukarramah. When the treaty was formed, other tribes were also allowed to enter the treaty by becoming allies of either the Muslims or the disbelievers. Hence, the Banu Bakr tribe aligned themselves with the Quraish, while the Banu Khuzaa‘ah became the allies of the Muslims.

These two tribes had a long history of mutual bloodshed and fighting which finally seemed to cease with the inception of the treaty. Hence, the Banu Khuzaa‘ah were under the impression that they were now safe and at peace. However, the Banu Bakr and Quraish used this impression to their advantage, seeking to eradicate the Banu Khuzaa‘ah once and for all. They thus attacked the Banu Khuzaa‘ah at the dead of night and massacred a large number of their people. As the Banu Khuzaa‘ah were the allies of the Muslims, they wasted not a moment in sending a delegation to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in Madeenah Munawwarah, requesting his assistance.

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Cleansed from Kufr through the Character of Islam

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Last Updated on Monday, 01 January 2018 20:18

Sahal bin ‘Abdillah Tustari (rahimahullah) had a neighbour above him who was a fire worshipper. Once, a hole developed in the floor of the fire worshipper’s toilet, and through this hole, the toilet would leak down into one of the rooms in the home of Sahal (rahimahullah).

Noticing what had happened, Sahal (rahimahullah) would daily place a container beneath the leak to catch the filth that dripped into the room. Sahal (rahimahullah) would then take the full container and empty it at night where nobody could see what he was doing.

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A Dream Come True

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Last Updated on Monday, 01 January 2018 09:29

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

Sayyidah Ummu Habeebah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was initially married to ‘Ubaidullah bin Jahsh, and it was from this union that her daughter, Habeebah, was born. ‘Ubaidullah bin Jahsh was a Muslim at the time, and he migrated to Abyssinia with Ummu Habeebah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) in order to escape the ruthless persecution of the Quraish.

One night, Ummu Habeebah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) had a dream in which she saw her husband, ‘Ubaidullah bin Jahsh, in the most evil and terrible of conditions. When she awoke, she was perturbed and realized that the dream was indicative of her husband’s condition having changed for the worse. As she suspected, the very next morning, her husband announced, “O Ummu Habeebah! I had previously examined the different religions, and I had found no religion better than Christianity to which I subscribed and adhered. Thereafter, I left Christianity and followed the religion of Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Now, I am returning to Christianity.”

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My Kind, Cruel Mother

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Last Updated on Monday, 01 January 2018 09:01

Every cook, from a celebrity chef to a humble homemaker, relies on a few essential ingredients. Safely nestled within their ‘masala dubbah’ (spice box) are powders and pods which though small in quantity, are potent in taste. It is on the foundation of these vital ingredients that the cook exercises her culinary skill, preparing dishes that have the potential to either tantalize the taste buds or poison the palate.

Every cook worth her salt knows that some ingredients are absolutely necessary in most dishes, yet always cause tears (like chopped onions). Certain ingredients are the backbone of every recipe, yet may lead to a rise in blood pressure (like salt). Other ingredients assist the food to cook, yet cause heartburn when used in excess (like oil). Many ingredients give the food an incredible ‘zing’, but if added with a heavy hand, render the food almost inedible (like chilies).

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