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Grateful before the Giver

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Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2020 13:38

Abu Bilaal Al-Aswad recounts the following:

I once set out on the journey of hajj. After traveling some distance, I encountered a woman who had neither a conveyance to ride nor a utensil to use. I asked her, “Where are you from?” She replied, “I am from the land of Balkh.”

I then remarked to her, “I see that you neither have any provisions, nor a utensil in which you can carry provisions.” She responded, “When I departed from Balkh, I had ten dirhams with me. I still have some of that amount with me.” Hearing this, I asked her, “What will you do when the money is depleted?” She replied, “This cloak that I am wearing is extra. I will sell it, and then use the money to buy a cheaper cloak. I will then use the surplus money to see to my needs.”

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The Cycle of Life

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Last Updated on Sunday, 15 March 2020 10:29

Once, some people came to Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and said, “O Ameerul Mu-mineen! We have an Imaam who is a youngster and leads us in the ‘Asr Salaah. After he completes leading the salaah, he recites some couplets of poetry.” Hearing this, Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said, “Take me to him.”

They thus proceeded with Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to meet the youngster. When they arrived at his home and knocked on the door, he emerged and asked, “O Ameerul Mu-mineen! What has brought you here?” Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “I have received a bad report regarding you – you are reciting couplets after the salaah!” The youngster responded, “The couplets are words of advice which I recite as a reminder to myself.”

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A Partner to Paradise

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Last Updated on Monday, 09 March 2020 16:21

Riyaah bin ‘Amr Al-Qaisi (rahimahullah) was a student of the renowned saint, Maalik bin Dinaar (rahimahullah). He possessed such fear of Allah Ta‘ala that he once said, “I have committed more than forty sins, for every one of these sins, I have recited istighfaar one hundred thousand times.”

Riyaah was blessed to have married an exceedingly pious woman. On the first morning which he spent with his bride, she began kneading dough (to prepare bread). Observing this, he said, “Why don’t you look for a woman to do this work for you?” She immediately (declined and) said, “The man I married is Riyaah Al-Qaisi (rahimahullah) (i.e. a man known for piety). I do not think that I have married an obstinate tyrant (i.e. a man hankering after servants and the world).”

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The Better Connection

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2020 15:36

GPRS… 3G… HSPA… 4G – and the next will perhaps be 5G. It appears that from the inception of the cell phone, man has remained obsessed with maintaining and enhancing his network connection. Hence, people select their network operator based on network coverage, and many opt for fiber over LTE, as the connection is faster and more reliable.

However, if the cell phone connects us with other people, then it is raising our hands in du‘aa that ‘connects’ us with Allah Ta‘ala and allows us to communicate with Him. Hence, just as there are times and places where cell phone coverage is enhanced, making it more likely for the call or message to go through, there are also times and places where our ‘connection’ of du‘aa is enhanced. As a result, the du‘aa made at such a time or place is more likely to ‘go through’ and gain acceptance.

On one occasion, a Sahaabi asked Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), “Which du‘aa is quickest to gain acceptance?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “)The du‘aa made at) the middle of the last portion (i.e. the last third) of the night, and (the du‘aa made) after the fardh salaahs.”(Sunan Tirmizi #3499)

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Elevated through his Humility

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Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2020 16:26

There was once a monk in the Banu Israaeel who remained (devoted to the worship of Allah Ta‘ala) in a monastery for sixty years. One day, he saw a dream in which he was told, “So-and-so shoemaker is better than you.”

On awakening, he (dismissed what he had heard and) said to himself, “It was just a dream.” However, when he had a nap that afternoon, he saw the dream once again, and continued to see this very same dream multiple times thereafter.

Eventually, he descended from his monastery and went to the shoemaker. As the shoemaker saw him approaching, he immediately ceased his work, stood, and began to rub his hand over him (in order to derive blessings). He then asked the monk, “What has prompted you to descend and emerge from your monastery today?” The monk replied, “You are the one who has caused me to descend. Tell me, what good actions do you carry out?”

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