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Exemplary to the End

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Last Updated on Monday, 23 April 2018 16:09

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

Towards the end of her life, the respected wife of Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (rahimahullah) became ill, and shortly before passing away, she also suffered a stroke.

Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (rahimahullah) mentioned: “When I would arrive home, I would almost always find my respected wife engaged in reciting the Quraan Majeed. Towards the end of her life, she became extremely ill and weak. However, even in this state, her nafl salaah, zikr and recitation of the Quraan Majeed did not decrease. I would sometimes (take pity on her due to her illness and) say to her, ‘Decrease your nafl ‘ibaadah a little.’ However, she would merely smile and remain silent.”

He also said: “We were married for approximately fifty years, and for this entire period, she remained punctual on her Tahajjud Salaah.”

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“Be True to Allah, He will be True to You”

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Last Updated on Monday, 16 April 2018 15:32

On one occasion a Bedouin came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and accepted Islam. He then expressed his desire to remain with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), due to which Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) instructed some of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) to look after him and make arrangements for him.

After some time had passed, the Muslims fought a battle against the disbelievers and were victorious, gaining booty in the process. When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) distributed the booty among the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), he also set aside a share for this Bedouin Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). However, on account of this Bedouin Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) attending to the animals of the other Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), he was away at the time of the distribution. Hence, the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) gave him his allotted share on his return.

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Personification of Compassion

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Last Updated on Monday, 09 April 2018 13:44

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

Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (rahimahullah) was blessed with a wife who was extremely caring, considerate and obedient, and her compassion was such that she would be concerned regarding the wellbeing of one and all.

Meer Saheb (rahimahullah) was the special attendant of Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (rahimahullah). On one occasion, when Meer Saheb (rahimahullah) was extremely sick, his sister went to visit the respected wife of Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (rahimahullah). On returning from her visit, she made the following remark to Meer Saheb (rahimahullah):

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The Double-Edged Sword

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 April 2018 09:47

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) once mentioned to the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), “By Allah! It is not poverty that I fear for you! Rather, I fear for you that the world will be spread out for you (i.e. it will be given to you in abundance), as it was spread out for those who came before you. You will then desire and pine for it, as they desired and pined for it, and it will destroy you as it destroyed them.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #3158)

Normally, prior to departing from this world, it is the concern of every father that his beloved children should be financially secure. For this purpose, he labours and toils until he is confident that he has left them in a state of material security. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was like a father to the Ummah, and his love for the Ummah was far greater than the love of any father for his child. However, contrary to normal fathers, the fear and concern of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) for his Ummah was not that they will fall into poverty. Rather, his concern was the exact opposite – that they will hanker after wealth and become intoxicated by it.

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Overcome by Concern

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 April 2018 09:38

Muhammad bin ‘Ali bin ‘Abdillah Haddaad narrates the following incident from a person whom he knew:

I was once present in the Jaami’ Musjid, in the city of Mansoor, on the Day of Jumu‘ah. While in the musjid, I noticed a man in the saff (row) in front of me who had an outward appearance of dignity and humility. He was so engrossed in performing nafl salaah that he remained engaged in salaah from the moment he entered the musjid until the time drew near for the Jumu‘ah salaah to be performed, and only at that time did he end his salaah and remain seated. Seeing the apparent piety of this man, I became overawed by him and my heart was filled with love for him.

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