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The Pearl-Studded Band

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 May 2017 07:06

‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) mentions that a black woman, who at one point was a slave, would sometimes come and speak to her. However, whenever the slave woman would arrive, she would recite the following before sitting:

وَيَوْمُ الْوِحَاشِ مِنْ تَعَاجِيْبِ رَبِّنَا

أَلَا إِنَّهُ مِنْ بَلْدَةِ الْكُفْرِ اَنْجَانِيْ

The day of the band is from the wonders of our Lord

Behold! He indeed saved me from the land of disbelief

‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) once asked her, “What is the matter? Why do you always recite this couplet when you sit with me?” In reply, the women narrated the following incident:

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The Capital of Time

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 May 2017 07:18

(Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani [rahimahullah] #5)

A few people from Damascus once came to visit Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani (rahimahullah) while he was in the land of Rome for the purpose of Jihaad. Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) had dug a pit within his tent, lined the pit with a piece of leather and filled it with water. He thereafter entered the water and began to roll in it from side to side (in order to cool his body).

When the group from Damascus entered and saw Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) in the water, they understood that he was fasting and asked him, “Why are you fasting, whereas you are a traveler (i.e. you will find the nafl fast difficult while travelling)”. Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) replied, “If there is a need to fight, I will break my fast and prepare to fight by strengthening myself (through eating).”

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Safety in Silence

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 12:25

(Tie the Tongue Series – Part 4)

The blessed speech of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is a miracle, with his every statement brimming with wisdom and meaning. From the treasure of hadeeth, just one example of the profound speech of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is when he said, “He who is silent is safe.” (Sunan Tirmizi #2501)

If we ponder, we will realize that the majority of our quarrels, arguments, fall-outs with friends and problems in general were linked to the misuse of the tongue. Often, a statement is made in innocence and no harm is meant, yet the words are received badly, causing great offence and pain. We thus realize that ‘I did not mean to hurt’ is not enough. Rather, we should ask ourselves ‘did I mean not to hurt’?

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Household of Tahajjud

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 12:39

‘Aamir bin Aslam Al-Baahili (rahimahullah) narrates the following from his father:

We had a neighbour, in our locality, whose name was Hunaidah (rahimahallah). After a third or half the night had passed, she would stand and awaken her husband, children and servants saying, “Stand, perform wudhu and engage in salaah! You will soon be pleased with (and appreciate) what I am saying!” In this manner, Hunaidah (rahimahallah) continued to awaken them for Tahajjud Salaah until she passed away.

After she passed away, her husband had a dream one night in which he was told, “If you wish to join her in Jannah then continue to carry out her action among her household (of awaking the household for Tahajjud).” After seeing this dream, her husband began to awaken the household, as his late wife would do, until he passed away as well.

After his demise, his eldest son had a dream in which he was told, “If you wish to join your parents in their rank in Jannah then continue their action among their household (of awaking the household for Tahajjud).” The eldest son thus began to awaken the household, as his parents would do, until he passed away.

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Truth or Lie …?

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 12:16

(Tie the Tongue Series – Part 3)

“LIAR!” – From all the accusations that could be leveled against a person, this is definitely among the worst. This word is not a mere accusation – it is a sword that slices through one’s integrity, honesty and truthfulness, leaving them no more. Once a person is branded a liar, people are reluctant to trust him and view him with suspicion. In short – he loses all honour and respect.

Lying is a very dangerous habit as it has a ‘snowball’ effect. If a person makes a snowball and rolls it down a hill, then as the snowball progresses downward, it gathers more snow, growing in size, until it becomes too big to control. Similarly, when a person speaks a lie, he sparks off a chain reaction. In order to cover-up for the first lie, he will be forced to speak a second lie, and then a third, and so on, until he is eventually caught and the entire chain of lies is revealed. 

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